Classic Equine Ritchie Winter Waters

Prepare Now for Winter Watering

Sponsored by Classic Equine by Ritchie

Your performance horse’s water intake this winter can make or break his health. Plan now to ensure that he has access to clean, fresh water, even on the coldest days.

Fall competitions are going full tilt, but we horse owners know that colder temperatures, icy conditions and winter are coming. Take time now to prepare your barn so you’re not caught off guard by the first snowflakes or ice storms that can complicate winter horsekeeping. Possibly the most important winter-prep step you can take is setting up your horse with clean, fresh drinking water for the cold months to come, and into warmer spring and summer weather.

Priority #1: Winter Water Intake

Your horse’s body is 65% to 70% water, so his water intake makes or breaks his health, especially in cold winter months. Water consumption keeps his digestive tract functioning to lessen chances of colic. Plus, the digestion of water and feed help keep him warm. Access to drinkable (i.e., not frozen), clean water sources are key to keep him going all winter, whether it’s light riding to keep him legged up or a continued competitive schedule.

Classic Equine by Ritchie offers four families of automatic waterers, ranging from single-stall units to those that serve up to 40 head, and you can choose from heated and non-heated options. Automatic waterers ensure that your horse has full-time access to clean, drinkable water, even in the coldest temperatures. The UltraFount Single and Two Drink models are the most permanent and most frost-free waterers in the Classic Equine by Ritchie automatic waterer lineup, so they’re ideal for harsh winter conditions. The UltraFount Two Drink serves up to 40 animals, and the UltraFount Single provides water for up to 20 head of livestock.

Priority #2: Convenience & Reliability

Raise your hand if you’ve gone out to feed in the morning only to find that your tank heater has failed and you have an inch of ice on top of your horse’s tank? Or maybe you delayed installing the heater, and that first icy night snuck up on you and your horse? In both situations, you face extra work breaking ice, waste from the frozen water that gets tossed out of the tank and a potential mess when things warm up and that ice melts into mud. And what about cleaning a tank in the winter? No thanks!

The UltraFount Classic Equine by Ritchie automatic waterers feature a reliable, energy-efficient heating system that keeps your horses’ water at the perfect drinking temperature, no matter how cold the conditions get around it, and without waiting for it to refill. The self-regulating heater turns itself on and off as needed, so there’s no wasted energy on those warmer days.

Priority #3: Aesthetics

Using a Classic Equine by Ritchie automatic waterer can reduce unsightly (and unhealthy) mud puddles that come from overfilling a tank or removing ice from a frozen tank that later melts and makes a mess. The Classic Equine by Ritchie UltraFount waterer is clean and tidy year-round thanks to its heavy-duty construction and stainless-steel drinking area. It’s also virtually maintenance-free and has a large access panel for easy installation. Top that off with a 10-year warranty, and you can’t deny the value and confidence it’ll provide when thinking about your horse’s water consumption.

Priority #4: Saving Time & Money

No one wants to haul hose in a blizzard or clean a tank in sub-zero temperatures, and the cost to replace burnt-out tank heaters and hoses that burst due to freezing with water in them adds up. Installing a Classic Equine by Ritchie automatic waterer poses an initial cost, but then it’s virtually maintenance-free, giving you more time to focus on other chores and riding while also saving extra expenses.

Order your Classic Equine by Ritchie automatic waterers today, and get to planning where your horses will need water this winter. If your horses live in the barn, look into one of the StallFounts. A warmer climate might mean that an AutoFount (insulated chamber; no heater) might suffice. But if you have harsh, cold winters, you’ll find an UltraFount model that’s best for your herd.

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