Breaking the Ice: A how-to guide
What do you use to liberate the liquid in frozen water troughs? Indiana horsewoman Lindsay Rausch shares her tools of choice.
Winter is upon us, and by now much of the country is well acquainted with the snow and cold. Here in Indiana we have been getting a lot of both — 9 inches of snow this weekend alone.
Our temperatures for the next few days:
With such frigid temperatures, it’s a constant battle to keep our outdoor stock tank unfrozen. We do have a tank heater, but in single digits we are lucky to have a small ring right around the heater that does not freeze solid. With this in mind we have developed a few methods for clearing the tank, depending on how cold it is.
Ice under 1/2” can be taken care of with just a pitchfork, throwing the icebergs out of the tank in one fell swoop.
Ice from ½” to 3” can be taken care of with an axe. I have an old single bit axe that I picked up from an auction a couple years ago. The handle isn’t great for splitting large pieces of wood, but it is wonderful on thick ice. It is a great way to take out frustration about the cold and stay warm at the same time. The pitchfork is still required for iceberg removal.
For super-stubborn ice, or if my husband just wants to have some fun, there is the big gun: his pick axe. No ice stands a chance in front of this.
What tricks do you all have for breaking the ice? Share your ideas in the comments section below and I will compile them into another post.
Now for something totally random: our Lab Boaz having a blast catching snowballs.
Lindsay Rausch learned to ride at a young age from her mom who had been a trainer and horsemanship instructor in a previous life. Lindsay has always been a western trail rider, and even though she has not owned a horse of her own she has always looked for any chance to get a leg in the saddle. She is currently setting up a 10-acre farm for cattle and horses. Lindsay would love to hear questions from readers about the western world.
Lindsay with a 6-month-old orphaned foal
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