Who is sick of finding cane toads in your drinking troughs? Or worried that water in pastures is becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes and heaven only knows what else. Or for those of you who stable at night, who is tired of lugging buckets full of water from tank to stable every day? (My hand is high in the air)
Lets face it, we love our equine families, but we all want to spend more time loving them and less time managing them.
When I was in the Netherlands I was dumfounded to see the horses literally watering themselves. Each paddock had a single ceramic self waterer mounted on a pole, and I stood, completely rooted to the spot and amazed as I watched horse after horse walk up to the waterer, “turn” the tap on with their noses and fill the bowl then drink their fill of water.
I had never seen anything like this in Australia.
The best thing was (and this is just my OCD self talking) the bowl looked as clean as if it had just come out of a dishwasher, and it was empty and dry when the horses had finished with it.
I would have had no problems drinking from it myself, and that is something I am not going to EVER say about the dirty old bath tub that sits up the back of the paddock half filled with water and heaven only knows what other life forms!
When I saw that each stable was fitted out with one, my eyes opened wide, and I was sure I had been hiding under a dry rock in Australia, wondering why no one had told me about these.
One of the best things is that the water comes fresh out of the pipes (running underground in this case) which means that it is cool and refreshing. In Queensland I have seen water troughs get to temperatures you could poach an egg in. No one wants to drink out of that!
I started to realise that these Dutch really know how to handle their water! (apparently this is a well known international fact)
When I returned, I started my hunt. Not Horselands, not Sandale Saddlery not any online shop that I searched for had heard of these nor had anything like them in stock. Now I am well aware that this is not the most technological industry so there is every chance that these waterers were out there, but not widely advertised online.
The other thing that I discovered is that the self waterers I did find in Australia, were inferior in design and quality, yet were very very expensive ($100-$500 – not sure we can blame the carbon tax for that one, but lets just assume they have gone up recently) and no where near as elegant. They were also too large to fit in a stable, and too large to empty quickly, leaving you with the same problem, stagnant dirty water….. yes I know I’m OCD…..
In my research, I did discover that one of the main distributors of equine equipment in Australia used to import them, but they no longer did.
I contacted Suevia the manufacturer and asked them if they had any distributors in Australia. The answer that came back was a resounding no!
I am surprised at this, although unsure of what the import costs were/would be. Potentially these make it too expensive to import them from the Netherlands. The devices retail in the Netherlands for between €30 and €50. Which is incredibly reasonable!
We have decided to import enough for one of each of our stables and a few of our big paddocks. I will post photos of them installed and vids of how the horses like them, although at this stage our guys are all imported and used to these in their stables and paddocks in the Netherlands.
Please let me know if you are interested, we would love to start importing them on a regular basis and think that they are a brilliant addition to any stable or horse owner!
If horses had wine glasses, these would be it!
This video is of a plastic one, which I wouldn’t get because I think the Aussie sun is a little bit unfriendly, and I don’t like plastic as a general rule. It becomes brittle etc. But the ones I saw, and have ordered are the ceramic ones.