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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.

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.

Pool House?

The pool house: It's not a cabana or shed and It's not a guest house; It's somewhere in between. With the term "pool house" serving as a general designation for a building dedicated to the poolside lifestyle, it can be anything from an elaborate structure nicer than some homes to a simple yet tidy building that looks like a shed with windows. In real-estate terms, a pool house can be defined as an "outbuilding designed to enhance the poolside experience" by minimizing the need to enter the actual house during pool time. It's the place for guests to change clothes, and also a place to store anything a person might need while enjoying the pool. The pool house is a great place to store beach towels and bath towels, as well as pool toys, goggles and spare lawn chairs. Some companies also sell wooden cabin-style structures designed as pool houses. These usually offer just one room and may be shaped like a shed, but with windows and a home-style front door. These look like miniature cottages or tiny homes. This small type of pool house probably does not include a shower or running water, unless the homeowner customizes the space to include these features. The simplest temporary cabanas do not require building permits since they're not permanent structures.


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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