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HUBBY MAKES A MISTING FAN FOR HIS GIRL…






OY!  IT IS HOT!

Yesterday, when I posted that I brought out MT’s misting fan for Dodger, many of you wrote and asked me how it was made.

So………  I’m reposting the “Hubby makes a Misting Fan” post.

Here is how to make your own (safe) barn misting fan!

*As with any fan, Please make sure your horse cannot get any tail hair anywhere near the fan blades and make absolutely sure that your horse cannot gnaw on any electrical cables.  Keep the fan away and out of reach from your horse!

ORIGINALLY POSTED 8/27/13

HUBBY MAKES A MISTING FAN FOR HIS GIRL…

It is true… I have been a bit busy taking care of Mama Tess and also catching up on all the work I let slip while I was lost in the decision.

But, luckily for MT, Hubby had an idea on how to create a misting fan for her without us spending a huge amount on a Cool Zone fan like she had in her hospital stall.

So, we went to Lowe’s and bought a few ingredients…

A big industrial fan.  (You have to use a high powered fan or else the water doesn’t spray around enough and it soaks the stall…)

A few misting nozzles, some couplers, a hose adapter and misting flexible hose all from the inexpensive mister section.

A garden hose.

That was it.

This was the home-use high powered fan we chose from Lowes.

This was the home-use high powered fan we chose from Lowe’s.

THE MISTING RING

Hubby made a misting ring out of the nozzles and bendable hose.  He then affixed the ring onto the front cage of the fan with zip ties.

He attached the hose to the hose adapter.

We ran an extension cord and the hose.

And we turned it on…

*NOTE:  If you are on well water, we have learned that metal guitar strings will clean out the nozzles nicely.

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The misting ring Hubby created and attached to the front of the fan.

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In this view, you can see the hose adapter.

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Power and water…(She was cool enough to take a long nap.)

A BEAUTIFUL THING!

It was a beautiful thing!  The water shot out in a fine mist and the fan blew it into the air at the perfect ratio of air vs water.  Her stall wasn’t soaked and she sat right in its wake.

She was happy.  I was happy…

I was able to go to work and not worry about her in this heat.

Peace of mind.

Hubby was my hero once again…

You cannot see the mist, but Tess laid down right in front of the cool airflow.

You cannot see the mist, but Tess laid down right in front of the cool airflow.

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The Queen was happy, cool and relaxed!  Hubby to the rescue once again! (The camera did catch some misting drops in the upper right corner of this pic.)

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EASY PEASY ICE COLD FRUIT SALAD FOR YOUR HORSE! Help beat the boredom of the HEAT!


Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 | Filed under Handy Tips




I swear, every time I go outside to do something for the horses, I come inside, strip down and sit very quietly until my body cools down.  Ugh.  It is HOT here.

How about where you live?

Well, one of the things I do for my horses is make an ice cold fruit salad.  It started because I had melon rinds and apple cores left over from our breakfast smoothies.  Hmmmm, I thought… I could freeze these and give them to the horses in a few hours.  And they LOVED them.  So, now I cut up all of my rinds, apple cores, ignored fruit in the fruit basket and whatever else I find in the refrigerator that I figure I can donate to my horses’ happy day.

THEY LOVED THE FRUITSICLES (and the hydration), but simple frozen fruit is yummy, too!

Last year, I actually made fruitsicles… where I put fruit pieces in cups and added water, then froze the whole thing.

But, I realized, they just wanted the fruit…  I still think popsicles are a good idea for hydration if needed, but simple frozen fruit is an excellent idea, too.  And really easy.

Just cut up fruit, put it in your freezer, let sit, feed.

This is Bodhi and Remi from a few years ago.

I made horsicles last year… but simple frozen fruit is easier and they love it!

SAFE FRUITS TO FEED

Cut these up, toss them in a bucket or tupperware, and freeze.  You could add water to it and make a fruitsicle, too!  Then, just pop it all into their feed buckets!

  • Apples, Apricots
  • Bananas, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberries
  • Carrots, Celery, Cherries, Coconut, Corn
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapes, Grapefruit
  • Lettuce
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Plums, Pumpkins, Cucumber
  • Raisins
  • Watermelon

THEIR LIKES AND DISLIKES

I know that all of mine have different favorite fruits/vegetables.  For example, BG loves orange rinds, the others, not so much.  Annie doesn’t like melon (go figure).  Dodger won’t eat apples (I think because he thinks medicine is hidden in them).

Anyway, it is kinda fun to figure out which they like best!

Last year, our neighbor gave us their left over melons from harvest.  Oh my gosh!  I’ve never seen so many gooey faces!  Gooey, happy faces!

Beat the heat with a treat!  (See what I did there?!)

And, if you happen to have a lion, they like frozen things, too. (I found this in my research and had to share!)

 

STAY COOL AND COMFORTABLE! 


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