How to Use a Horse Trough as a Pool

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Most people would love to have their own pool, even if only to cool off during the hot summer months. The problem is that many cannot afford their own full-size pool. And even if you get a small pool, it requires upkeep and usually needs to be stored during the winter. One solution is to use a horse trough, which is also known as a livestock tank. They're easy to find, cheap, will stay around for years, and have multiple uses if you decide to no longer use them as pools.

Things You'll Need

  • Water hose
  • Prepare a level area for your horse trough (livestock tank) to sit.

  • Place the horse trough on the newly leveled area.

  • Ensure that the drain plug at the base of the trough is screwed in tightly.

  • Use the water hose to fill the trough with water until it is approximately six inches from the top of the trough.

Tips & Warnings

  • A livestock tank is circular and six to eight feet in diameter. This is most likely what you want to use. A horse trough is usually oval shaped and much smaller.
  • Applying silicon caulk to the plug will help prevent leaks.
  • Sand is the easiest material to level for use under the trough.
  • Horse troughs can be slippery on the bottom. Applying no-slip bath treads could help.
  • Horse troughs are two feet deep at the most and should only be used for wading.

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