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Fresh Water for Life: Ritchie Automatic Waterers
Fresh Clean Water for Horses

Keep Your Horse Healthy and Help the Environment
 Article from RitchieFount.com

Fresh water on demand is the single, most important nutrient that you provide for your horse. Fresh water represents between 60 to 80 percent of your horse’s daily nutritional requirements. Keeping your horse properly hydrated helps prevent impaction colic, keeps hooves strong and elastic, lubricates joints, cushions their nervous system, and generally keeps your horse healthy and happy.

Ritchie Waterers – Made in the USA Since 1921
Oskaloosa, Iowa native Thomas Ritchie patented his first water device in 1921 by connecting underground running water to automatic float-controlled watering equipment. Heated with a kerosene lamp, the water remained free flowing in cold weather. Ritchie’s new patented waterer was a revolutionary innovation for farmers, and soon, a business was born.
Over the past 100 years, Ritchie Industries has continued to be in the industry leader in automatic watering systems and founts. Ritchie produces over 40 models of waterers that are designed with efficiency and your horse’s safety in mind.

All Ritchie waterers come with:
Best in industry 10-year warranty
Patented quick refill valve – your horse will never have to wait for water in the trough
Valves designed to handle various water pressure, unique to your farm and water source
Easy access panel for service and maintenance
Bowls and troughs that minimize water use and are easy to clean
Smooth rounded edges designed with animal safety in mind
Access to customer support and parts for all models
Energy efficiency

Less Chore Time, More Horse Time
Skip the hassle of hauling, filling and cleaning buckets of water for your horse. The average sized horse of 1,100 pounds drinks between 5 to 10 gallons of water daily. It is critical to provide fresh, clean water at all times and in warmer temperatures this can be a chore. If you have one horse or need to water the whole herd, Ritchie has a waterer that can meet your needs and budget. Spend less time on doing chores and more time with your horses.
There are many models and options available to save you time and money.

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Ritchie Waterers Conserve Water
Automatic waterers are a key component in reducing water usage and waste. Automatic waterers conserve water by providing only as much water as the horse can drink at any given time. With Ritchie’s fast refill valve, you can be confident that your horse is getting all the water they can drink.

Automatic waterers also conserve water when it comes time to clean. Smaller troughs or bowls that have less than five gallons are easy to clean and rinse. Compare this to dumping, scrubbing and rinsing a 50 gallon stock tank that ideally should be cleaned weekly. Cleaning a single stock tank could waste over 2,600 gallons of water a year.

Automatic waterers don’t have to be cleaned as often either because the water is circulating. A quick visual inspection daily followed by regular cleanings will keep your automatic waterer in top shape. Harsh chemicals are not needed – a simple drain, scrub and rinse is all that is required to keep your Ritchie waterer clean and operating efficiently.
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Ritchie Waterers Give Mosquitoes the Boot, Along with Other Critters and Diseases
Automatic waterers eliminate stagnant, standing water which in turn eliminates the hatching of mosquitoes that can spread the deadly viruses - Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV). Ritchie automatic waterers also keep the water at a moderate temperature, compared to open stock tanks or buckets that keep the water at warmer temperatures in the summer. Open stock tanks and buckets can grow algae that will affect the taste of the water and ultimately, impact your horse’s water consumption negatively.

Less commonly, open stock tanks can introduce a bacterium to your horses from mayflies or caddisflies that may fall into the water. This bacterium can cause Potomac horse fever. Additionally, any unfortunate critter like a mouse or bird that falls into an open stock tank and dies can release the Clostridium botulinum neurotoxin that causes often-fatal botulism. If a critter that has leptospirosis drinks from your horse’s open stock tank or bucket, it can put your horse at risk of contracting the disease. If these are concerns you have, consider a model of Ritchie automatic waterer that has thermal caps to keep out insects and other critters while keeping the water cool and away from direct sunlight

Worry Free Watering for Your Horse and Convenience for You!
For over 100 years, Ritchie waterers have provided worry-free water solutions for horse owners across North America. Made in Conrad, Iowa, backed by the best warranty in the business and dedicated to delivering fresh water for life, Ritchie waterers are a solid investment for decades to come.
Call 1-800-747-0222 or visit RitchieFount.com today to find your local Ritchie dealer today.

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