For years we have watered our horses the old fashioned way, using the 200 gallon steel or plastic troughs and then we add a 1500 watt heater that our horses find useful as a new toy and we dread everytime we get our electrical bill. And why exactly do we do it this way...because we didn't know there was a better way that could save us time and money!
Introducing the Ritchie Automatic Waterers that are going to save you time, headaches, sore backs, wet feet, miles of garden hose and most importantly..money.
Stop carrying buckets of water to your horses. The wall mounted Stall Fount II 125 delivers fresh, clean water to your horse using Ritchie's time proven valve for rapid refill. This corner mount option is designed for rugged animal abuse. The Stall Fount II family is features an energy efficient heated version as well as a non-heat version. The stainless steel cover prevents damage from chewing while providing full access to the trough area for easy cleaning. The Stall Fount Series features our famous 10 year warranty and the same reliable features as our EcoFount and Omni Fount Series.
There are two different shroud sizes available, 20" and 30" for varied heights of your waterer, with a built in bucket ledge to ease in cleaning and keep the drained water off you stall floor.
The EcoFount line of Ritchie Automatic waterers. This is the unit that all horse owners have been asking for. Just take a look at the following features that make this the best and last automatic waterer that you will ever need or want.
The EcoFount 1 will handle up to 30 horses and the EcoFount 2 has the capability of handling up to 60 horses.
The Omni Fount 1 incorporates the same safety features of rounded corners as the EcoFounts but with an open water trough design. The Omni Founts are very easy to clean, simply lift the red valve chamber cover off (requires the use of two hands pulling straight up-eliminates animals ability to remove, even the smartest of horses will not get it off!) and remove the drain plug, scrub the unit with a toilet brush. The Omni Founts also have the 304 grade stainless troughs with the heating elements mounted to the bottom, making it the most effective heated unit available in our climate. They are energy efficient although not as energy efficient as the EcoFounts will still cost less than $30.00 annually to heat. Based on 8 cents per kilowatt. Your costs may vary depending on per/kw rate. An Omni Fount 1 has the capacity to handle up to 20 horses.
If you have two pastures and want to water them both with one waterer and run your fence over the top, the Omni Fount 2 is just what you are looking for. The Omni Fount 2 has all the same features as the Omni Fount 1 with the exception that two horses can drink at the same time. The Omni Fount 2 is capable of watering up to 40 horses.
The Watermatic line of waterers is an all poly design, and we recommend them to be installed within the confines of a building in Wisconsin and Illinois do to the harsh winters we can experience and the limited amount of water that horses consume. Although these units will work well outside, in extreme cold conditions they will potentially allow ice to build around the edges of the trough. Unlike the EcoFounts and Omni Founts the Watermatics are heated using an immersion heater that sits below the float in the valve chamber(under the red cover) therefore the heat is transferred within the water, instead of transfer of heat to the stainless trough. This particular unit is the Watermatic 100 and will handle up to 20 horses.
The Watermatic 150 is the same design as the Watermatic 100 with the exception that it can be used to water two pens or pastures at one time, similar to the Eco Fount 2 and the Omni Fount 2. It also uses the immersion heater as its heat source and is recommended by us as a unit that would best be suited in our climate inside the confines of a building. The Watermatic 150 can handle up to 40 horses.
The Stall Founts are available in two version. The Stall Fount 125 which is a heated unit, to be used in cold climates and the Stall Fount ) which is not heated and best suited in a heated barn. Both of the units are all 304 stainless steel, have rolled edges for safety and are easily cleaned with a drain plug in the bottom of the trough. They are both wall mounted units and are designed for individual stall use.
With horses it is always important to know how much water your horse is consuming, that is one of the reasons that many individuals prefer to water with buckets. At Ritchie, we understand and appreciate your concern and have an inline water meter available. It simply mounts inline with your water supply and can be reset daily so you know what your consumption is.
Base, Top and Ball Enclosures:
- 10 year limited against manufacturing defect. 100% first five years, then declining 20% per year for remaining five years.
Stainless Steel troughs and valve chamber frame:
- Ten years against manufacturing defect or corrosion. 100% all ten years.
Casing and cover:
- 10 year limited against manufacturing defect. 100% first year, then declining 10% per year for the remaining nine years.
- All component parts such as floats, valves and heating elements carry a one year 100% replacement warranty from date of purchase against manufacturing defect.
Proof of purchase is required for all warranty replacements.
Warranty specifically excludes all labor and shipping charges.
Warranty does not apply to any appearance items, to any product whose exterior has been damaged or defaced, to any product subjected to misuse, abnormal service or handling, and to any products altered or repaired with other than original equipment or manufacturer's parts.
Since 1921 Ritchie Industries has been the premier watering equipment for cattle, sheep, hogs and the dairy industry. Although in the past twenty years or so there has been more of a need in the equestrian market to find a “better way.” Most horse owners have been restricted to the bucket or stock tank and hose because they didn’t know there was a better more feasible way to water their horses. Filling your buckets and troughs by hand has been the norm, therefore past down from generations before, it has historically been correct, along with the commitment and passion of owning a horse there always will be some amount of “work and maintenance” to go with it.
Yet, with all the work and maintenance that we do to keep our horses, we find it takes more time as we get older and we get to spend less time enjoying our four legged companions. Our rides through the pasture get shorter, our time cleaning stalls and filling buckets gets longer. And as the winters seem to get colder and extend further into spring, we desire to spend less time dragging hoses from the basement to the faucet after thawing them out from the evening before because we forgot them or were just too tired to go back outside. We dread the idea of slopping buckets of water from our bathtubs out to our barns because the old hydrant isn’t providing water, again. But worst of all, we are tired of fighting with 1500 watt submersible heaters that cost us what seems to be half a years worth of wages to keep our stock tanks from turning into one large ice cube tray that we get to chip away at with our axe or hammer. If our horses could talk, the things they have seen us do, we’d never let them out of the stall for fear they would share our stories! So we start pitching in the extra twenty or thirty dollars for the thermostatically controlled stock tank heaters only to realize that when heating fifty plus gallons of water they never automatically shut off, consuming just as much energy as the cheaper ones.
Then spring comes and we think, “That winter wasn’t so bad.” So, we head off to the local farm store and buy another plastic or galvanized stock tank because that one destructive horse we all have and love decided the old one made a better foot bath then watering hole and cracked or dented it beyond repair. While we are there, we grab a new garden hose, one that says commercial on it this time, more money but maybe this one won’t crack after it freezes when we forget to bring it in next winter. We cringe at the bill, but our horses need water. We won’t tell our significant others, it will be dirty in a week and they won’t even know we bought it, we hope.
With spring comes the horse shows and we can’t wait to see what the latest and greatest saddles look like, and why not we need some new boots, maybe a bit or two to try, and my lead rope is kind of frayed, and the list goes on. We leave the show with a thousand dollars worth of stuff that we will hang in the tack room for a couple months, collecting dust, but we needed it. While out in the yard, the old stock tank is now green with algae, and the birds using it as a bathing hole have managed to make a mess in it again, spreading who knows what. Not to mention the mosquitoes and other insects that are multiplying in there. We make our way to through the pasture with a bucket in hand, slopping the green slimy mixture out onto the ground as though to be saving ourselves from a sinking ship. While our horses watch with a humorous stare laughing at us, every now and then giving you a nudge in the back as to say “hurry up, I’m getting a bit parched over here.” So we waste an hour or two of our day, emptying and then refilling the tank, precious time we could have spent riding or training.
It’s now evening and we settle in front of the television to catch up on a little bit of our favorite rural farm shows and see an advertisement from Clinton Anderson talking about automatic waters. Yeah, easy for him to say, he’s Clinton Anderson for crying out loud, he can afford automatic waterers. So we put it off for another day and drift off to sleep.
This is where most individuals leave the idea of an automatic waterer behind them. The most common things people tell me is, “I can’t afford it, my horse will wreck it, I can’t install it, my horse will never drink out of that and lastly how do I know if my horse is drinking if I don’t fill the bucket?”
Well, I am here to tell you, you can’t afford not to own a Ritchie automatic waterer, and here is why:
So, how does that stock tank or bucket sound to you now?
Kind of time consuming and expensive doesn’t it…? I know because I was in the same boat prior to ever getting an automatic waterer. I too, just didn’t know there was a better way. But now, the simplicity of a Ritchie waterer keeps my horses healthier by providing fresh clean water, and it allows me more time to spend with my horses in the summer and less time cold and wet in the winter months. Granted, I am a bit partial to Ritchie, not just because I am the sales representative for Ritchie automatic waterers in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Illinois. But, I am a firm believer that you have to do something daily in your life that you are passionate about; and I am passionate about Ritchie waterers because they are simple, reliable and proven efficient money savers. They will simplify your life and make your equestrian passion a more enjoyable one.
Spend some more time enjoying your passion and less time and money watering it.
Sincerely, Jeremy Tritten
Green WaterMatic 150 providing water to two paddocks at once.
So, you finally made the decision to at least look at the possibility of installing an automatic waterer, but you are just not sure, because you think they are expensive or to difficult to install or that your horses will never drink out of one of those things. Look no further you found the website that is going to change your mind forever about how and why you should have an automatic waterer and never drag another garden hose out in the freezing weather ever again.
Recommended installation locations:
If your waterer is going to be installed out in the open elements such as a pasture, purchase and install either of the following:
We recommend these units to be installed outside because of the way that they are heated. The elements are mounted to the bottom of the stainless steel trough which in turn heats the entire steel surface, keeping them completely ice free.
If your waterer is going to be installed inside a builiding such as a riding arena that is cold but not exposed to the elements or a heated barn purchase and install either of the following:
We recommend these units to be installed because of the way they can be heated if necessary. These all poly units are heating with an immersion heater that will sit below your float in the water and a cable heater that will run down your supply line to keep water to the unit.
Note: Unlike a heater in a stock tank, the heating elements in our automatic waterers can not be reached by the animals using them.
The Stall Fount 2, Eco Founts, Omni Founts and Watermatics are all available in green.
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“I chose Ritchie for the quality, craftsmanship and durable construction. The waterers can’t hurt my horses and my horses can’t hurt them. I have installed Ritchie fountains throughout my facility because I know I can count on them day in and day out.” Clinton Anderson.