Cool Clear Water

Camping with horses can and will be a challenge at times. Let’s be real it is tough enough to plan a camping trip for just you and I, let alone for one, two, or more 1250-pound animals.  Just when you think you have it down you go somewhere new or invite a friend to join in who is new to the whole horse camping thing. There are a lot of variables but feed and water are two huge factors that one must plan for. Normally not an issue for me! I pull my pack string around NW Montana, I know where the pockets of graze are and I always camp by a water source. Even if the weather turns bad and the temperatures drop the creeks are still flowing, we always have water.  Well that’s till this week…

We are headed out on an elk hunt in south central Montana. The weather forecast has now been upgraded to a winter weather advisory, heavy snow and plummeting temps. How cold? 8 degrees. So, I was loading the horse trailer last night (that will be base camp) and throwing in some additional hay, and some extra oats to help the mules through the cold nights, (it at least makes me feel better!) I saw the water tank… How is this going to work?  This is new to me. I never just camp for 5 plus days next to the trailer at the end of a road. So, last night we tossed this question out on Facebook got some good answers back. As the discussion continued from the internet back to Trailhead Supply it is now the topic of discussion around the coffee pot. Ok, cold weather horse campers… Here are the parameters, first off, there is no power!!! No generator either. The water tank we haul our water in, is like what most of you have in your horse trailer, either in the tack room or laying up in your hay rack. The fill hole is 2 inches, so that rules out floating balls or gallon jugs of salt water.  Reply with your thoughts!!  We can all learn from this, even if you don’t cold weather camp there will be a time you’ll have to haul in cold weather.  While I sit here holding my Trailhead Supply coffee cup full of hot coffee and pondering my soon to be 49- gallon ice cube, let’s hear your thoughts…

See you on the trail.

Andy



Comment on this post (4 comments)

  • Dwight Tee says...

    If ya put some whiskey in da water it wont freeze an da cold nights wont seem so long!

    November 16, 2017

  • cw york says...

    as long as the water tank is in the trailer…a propane infrared Heater similar to Heater buddy brand…i box in the 1st 3-4ft of my stock trailer for STUFF…it only has to keep it above 32…make sure Heater sets in a clear area…

    November 01, 2017

  • Tom offner says...

    If u have enough room which u should in your pickup or trailer surround that 49 gallon water tank with hay or straw bales it won’t freeze Or get that water tank that goes in your would stove and fire it up. Hope this helps

    Tom from wisconsin

    November 01, 2017

  • Geoff Robson says...

    Water them at a creek while your out hunting. One good drink a day will hold them.

    November 01, 2017

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