High Country Insulated Bucket

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Product Summary:

High Country Plastics Insulated Bucket

Heavy insulation in this bucket prevents water from freezing, allowing horses to drink regularly in an occupied stall. The unique drain design allows for watering with or without a bucket, and makes cleaning easy. The included float helps insulate the bucket from the top by floating at or just below water surface. You horse can easily access the water by nudging the float, which also helps keep the water circulating.

Features:

  • 5-gallon inner bucket included
  • Four mounting holes (two on each side) molded into bucket holder for mounting to stall wall (mounting hardware not included)
  • Field-tested to not freeze until 15° (based on animal’s effectiveness)
  • Not an automatic waterer
Item Specifications:

Size:
18¾"W x 14"H x 15¾"L (18"H with included 5-gallon inner bucket)

Capacity
5 gallons

Weight:
15 lb.

Style Item Number Model Number UPC
Black E000395 BLK IBH-5 BLK 642096800012
Blue E000395 BLU IBH-5 BLU 642096800005
Green E000395 GRN IBH-5 GRN 642096800029
Red E000395 RED IBH-5 RED 642096800036
Tan E000395 TAN IBH-5 TAN 642096800043

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Safety - Minimize electric in horse stalls
SHERRY W on Feb 15, 2019
Insulated bucket that needs no power source. It is much safer than heated buckets.
Rebecca C on Jan 27, 2019
Safety - Minimize electric in horse stalls
SHERRY W on Feb 15, 2019
First two I bought have worked well. Buying these two for use in shelters.
David V on Feb 7, 2019
Insulated bucket that needs no power source. It is much safer than heated buckets.
Rebecca C on Jan 27, 2019
I already have 3 of these fantastic little innovations. Now, another horse means I need another one. I get nervous with multiple cords plugged in everywhere in the barn, especially when I'm not there. No worries about fires or high electric bills with these - even in CT winters they do the job. On the coldest nights, I add about a third bucket hot water; by morning there is barely any ice formed, if any (and I have an old barn that is not very insulated). This company makes great stuff!
Brandi A on Jan 14, 2019
To save on electric usage from "heated buckets" in stalls and run-ins.
Cindy P on Dec 6, 2018
The barn does not supply an outlet for heated water buckets. Live in Wisconsin and need something to help water bucket from freezing overnight.
Michelle G on Dec 2, 2018
Recommended by a friend!
Susan W on Nov 26, 2018
looking for non electric way to keep horses water from freezing
Rosanne W on Nov 26, 2018
Been looking for something for the winter' Liked this product. The choice was easy<br />once I decided to buy also. Best price!
diane b on Nov 22, 2018
No power supply for a heater.
Brian C on Nov 15, 2018
This particular brand of insulated water buckets came highly recommended by several members on the Chronicle of the Horse forum.
Carlyn K on Nov 14, 2018
The reviews were good and I needed to keep my outdoor Malamutes' water buckets from freezing. I was a little worried about the electrical buckets..esp.the possibility of them chewing the cords.
Patricia B on Nov 10, 2018
Cannot use electricity at barn. Need insulated water bucket option for horses
Sheila L on Nov 8, 2018
purchased in the past good value
ernie b on Oct 8, 2018
This is the third High Country Insulated Bucket I have purchased for the barn stalls and they do a good job of keeping water cool in the summer and reducing the potential for ice in the winter. Using warm water to fill buckets in the winter will help and your horses will appreciate the thoughtfulness. ;
Margaret L on Sep 22, 2018
I live in Missouri where the cold weather is a bit extreme, I have 3 of these water buckets and they are awesome!
Renee C on Sep 14, 2018
Recommended by the barn.
Meredith M on Aug 17, 2018
Bought two last month and they do work. 10 hours down to 15 degrees and the regular water buckets were frozen in the morning. The insulated buckets were not frozen and the horses drank most of the water.
Frank L on Feb 6, 2018
We bought a few of these a couple years ago...they are awesome here in northern michigan...just got two more horses, needed two more!!
keri C on Feb 1, 2018
Seems like a good alternative to a heated bucket. Price was better than Amazon as well.
Frank L on Jan 14, 2018
it works
Cindy D on Jan 3, 2018
I would not purchase this again it does not work it was frozen solid the first night
dorinda s on Dec 29, 2017
great deal!!!
Roland & Brandy L on Nov 24, 2017
works great
Rocco M on Aug 26, 2016
To keep water temperature more stable during cold and hot months especially during winter to keep ice from forming.
Margaret L on Aug 19, 2016
It is non-electric but will keep my horses water from freezing overnight-good price
Janet B on Jan 9, 2016
The reviews
Allan S on Dec 1, 2015
friend has it & loves em. Would like to put in stall so water does not freeze solid this winter
Kristy R on Oct 16, 2015
Wanted to quit busting the ice in winter. This helps a little, but still have to bust the ice at lower than 20 degrees F outside.
vicki r on Apr 3, 2015
Currently have 3 already in the barn and they work great. Located in Rochester NY.
David C on Dec 1, 2014
It had good reviews. I have no electric in my shelter and thought I'd try this.
Nicole M on Oct 20, 2014
I have used one of those for many years and have always had a great experience. my current bucket is over 12 years old and working great still :)
sarilyn k on Oct 10, 2014
Looked like a good deal
alan c on May 29, 2014
Keeps the water warm much longer than a regular bucket.
Elizabeth S on Feb 8, 2014
Good value
sheila m on Dec 29, 2013
First two I bought have worked well. Buying these two for use in shelters.
David V on Feb 7, 2019
I already have 3 of these fantastic little innovations. Now, another horse means I need another one. I get nervous with multiple cords plugged in everywhere in the barn, especially when I'm not there. No worries about fires or high electric bills with these - even in CT winters they do the job. On the coldest nights, I add about a third bucket hot water; by morning there is barely any ice formed, if any (and I have an old barn that is not very insulated). This company makes great stuff!
Brandi A on Jan 14, 2019
Safe for use in foaling stall?
Kristin S on Oct 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Kristin, I'm sorry, I don't have experience with foaling horses. I do have one for my 15'3 hands quarter horse, and my miniature horse who is 27" tall also has one in his area. The mini has had no issues with it. I have it propped up on about 3 inch flat cement blocks to keep it off the direct ground.
Will this product work for cows to drink out of?
A shopper on Oct 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I bought this product for my horse's stall and it works perfectly.
I believe one cow at a time could drink out of this product.
How do you mount these to the wall?
Kathryn B on Sep 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There are 4 molded bosses on the backside of the unit. These bosses have pre-drilled holes for mounting screws that you provide. Depending on what type of surface you are attaching the unit to, determines what kind of mounting screw to use. Easy to install!
does this product come with a insulated float for in the bucket ?
A shopper on Jul 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: float not insulated, kept water unfrozen for the most part.
How do you clean this bucket out?
Patty B on Feb 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The inner bucket is removable. I use this for a mini so I didn’t attach it to the wall. I can pick it up and rinse it. There is a plug in the bottom of the outer container, I haven’t used it but I assume you could open that. It works well for me.
What is the water capacity?
Danny C on Jan 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I think it is 5 gals. I have found that not filling the bucket past the top of the insulator, works best. I have 2 of them in my horse's stall.
Can it sit on the ground ? I have mini
Myrna K on Jan 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I have 2 very small minis and 2 regular horses. I put all 4 waters on the floor. I did leave the drain plug in place. Sometimes water does get in the space where the drain plug is. I just throw a small rag in the bottom, place the pail on top of the rag, and fill the pail. I change out the rag every couple days when it's wet. Love these pails and wouldn't use anything else.
Can two horses share 1 water bucket through a fence?
A shopper on Nov 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you can hang it properly and they don’t drink more than a 5 gallon bucket each yes. I found that these don’t freeze only when inside a structure though -we live in NW Illinois and our winters are cold . They do pretty well inside the barn -good luck !
You don't plug these in is that right?
A shopper on Nov 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No you do not plug these in. The container that holds the 5 gallon bucket is insulated and there is a float with a hole in the center that allows the animal to drink water from the bucket that helps maintain a non freezing temperature at certain temps. The product works well in a lean 2 especially. I would buy another one if needed.
could you put this insulated bucket into the water trough?
A shopper on Nov 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I’m not sure I completely understand the question. But I will say this product is designed to mount the insulated holder on a solid surface and it comes with a standard 5gallon straight sided bucket that fits inside. You can use it with or without the bucket. There is a drain valve in the bottom that allows for easy drainage and cleanup. I personally like to use the bucket as it’s easy to lift and dump. Hope that helps. To my knowledge it is NOT designed to go inside a larger water trough.
Do you make something like this but a little lower for pigs to drink from?
Christina E on Aug 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I bought this for a horse and made a small wooden base under the bucket to raise it up higher. I think if you mounted it at ground level pigs should be able to drink from it. The bucket works excellent in cold weather.
Does it have to mounted to a wall? Need something for turnout in a round pen.
A shopper on Dec 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can mount it to the wall. I screwed 2 eye screws about 10 - 12 inches apart to the wall. I place the insulated unit on a tree section cut the height I needed for my horse to drink from. Then placed the eye screws the height of the 5 gallon container and then put a bungee strap from one eye screw around the bucket to clip to the other eye screw. With the weight of the water this worked very well
Can I use this with goats?
A shopper on Dec 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes I use them with goats. I have 3 pygmy goats and they began using theirs the first day. They love to head butt anything with their horns and these buckets haven't moved. Mine are located in a barn run-in facing the SE so they get plenty of windbreak and morning/early afternoon sun.
frost free to what temperature?
Ann R on Oct 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The ranch is located in North Texas the temperature seldom goes below 20 degrees and when it does it may last for a week. During last winter this did occur and the High Country Insulated Bucket did have skim ice but the water never froze solid . I am very pleased with the buckets. I might add that the temperature here does get over 100 degrees these buckets are in the barn and the water stays cool.
Replacement float?
A shopper on Jan 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not sure if u are asking about replacing the "disk like" float that fits inside the bucket? They are supposed to help them not freeze but I haven't found them to b useful so we do not keep them in the buckets. But we love the product as a whole we haven't had to bust buckets but one time so far this winter!
Can I get a replacement for the floaters ?
Penny S on Dec 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We use a ball instead of the floaters. It keeps the horses entertained and helps keep the heat in and the surface from freezing. It does not help keep the grain and hay out but neither did the original floaters.
any 5 gallon pail will fit?
A shopper on Sep 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: the straight sided painter style buckets that you can get at the hardware store work. Love this product, keeps water warm in the winter & cool in the summer, really sturdy! I get Platinum Plus in this size bucket so I recycle them, works perfect!
Hey I just got this today not exactly sure how this works does anyone out there know how to use this looks nice but comes with no directions???
Michael M on Jun 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Install at the appropriate height for your horse.You can use heavy screws into a secure wall, or bolts. I removed the plug at the bottom, then just fill the bucket. Remove bucket to clean. The base is insulated so you do not need to "do" anything. In the winter I add warm water and it keeps from freezing with no problem down to 20 degrees. The bobbing lid can be used at colder temperatures to prevent freezing, but I have never used them. I have been able to stop using my plug in heated buckets. In the summer it keeps the water cool. It is really sturdy too!
OHW WELL DOES THIS WORK? IS IT FOR 5 gallon tall bucket?
Jody C on Sep 12, 2013
BEST ANSWER: The 5 gallon tall bucket comes with the purchase. It works fairly well. I found that I needed to replace the water every evening and morning when the temperature was in the 20's or below otherwise the water would have a thin layer of ice at the top. That said the water stays unfrozen much longer than in a regular water bucket. 5 gallons is not enough water for my big Thoroughbred so he also has a heated bucket. My smaller mare had no problem with the quantity. Both horses drink much more water when it the water is warm (ie drink more out of the heated buckets) so I put warmed water in the insulated buckets when I bring them in at night. They seem to drink more out of the insulated bucket after I started doing this.