High Country Insulated Bucket

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Product Summary:

High Country Plastics Insulated Bucket

Heavy insulation in this bucket prevents water from freezing, allowing horses to drink regularly in an occupied stall. The unique drain design allows for watering with or without a bucket, and makes cleaning easy. The included float helps insulate the bucket from the top by floating at or just below water surface. You horse can easily access the water by nudging the float, which also helps keep the water circulating.


  • 5-gallon inner bucket included
  • Four mounting holes (two on each side) molded into bucket holder for mounting to stall wall (mounting hardware not included)
  • Field-tested to not freeze until 15° (based on animal’s effectiveness)
  • Not an automatic waterer
Item Specifications:

18¾"W x 14"H x 15¾"L (18"H with included 5-gallon inner bucket)

5 gallons

15 lb.

Style Item Number Model Number UPC
Black E000395 BLK IBH-5 BLK 642096800012
Blue E000395 BLU IBH-5 BLU 642096800005
Green E000395 GRN IBH-5 GRN 642096800029
Red E000395 RED IBH-5 RED 642096800036
Tan E000395 TAN IBH-5 TAN 642096800043

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The reviews are great!!
Kim B on May 26, 2017
No electricity in the run-in shelter. IT IS WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD!
Dawn B on Feb 12, 2016
The reviews are great!!
Kim B on May 26, 2017
Read about how well these insulated water buckets work in very cold and very hot weather.
MERRIE A on Dec 3, 2016
No electricity in the run-in shelter. IT IS WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD!
Dawn B on Feb 12, 2016
Our barn does not have electricity and we are in cold Ohio. Hoping to keep water buckets from freezing this winter.
Maren B on Nov 30, 2015
CHRISTINA G on Dec 1, 2014
Wanted them for years
TERI C on Nov 29, 2014
has worked in our barn and also outside . I have to break ice and horses have consumed water much better than before I started using these
SHARON O on Nov 13, 2014
My horses stay overnight only occasionally and I do not have water plumb into each stall for heated waters to be installed.
J A on Aug 18, 2014
Read about how well these insulated water buckets work in very cold and very hot weather.
MERRIE A on Dec 3, 2016
Our barn does not have electricity and we are in cold Ohio. Hoping to keep water buckets from freezing this winter.
Maren B on Nov 30, 2015
Does this item have to be mounted or can it sit on the floor?
A shopper on Dec 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I have not actually starting using it yet although I may have to tonight with how cold it is. I did read before I bought that a couple people used it on the ground and it worked well for them. That is how I am going to use it too. I also have a slow hay feeder on the ground and may put the bucket between the wall and the feeder. I may just put cookies in the bucket the first night of use so she will want to go to it. It should work on the ground if your horse does not purposely kick things around or play with things. My horse is around 27 so she is over that playfulness!!
What hardware or size hardware do I need to attach it to the wall?
A shopper on Nov 14, 2014

Unfortunately the type of hardware needed would be at your discretion depending upon where you intend to mount the item. Each type of surface will require a different type of hardware to ensure that the item stays in place.
does it need to be plugged in?
A shopper on Jan 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, it does not actually heat the water. It is a hard plastic that is filled with insulation to help keep the water cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It will not stop all freezing, but if the bucket does freeze, you can easily slip out the bucket and replace it with another 5 gallon bucket. I love mine! Extremely durable too! I have had a lot of bucket breakers over the years and they can’t hurt this one.
what does the float look like?
Gary A on Dec 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: What Float?? WE got the one from TSC......Make sure you hook your hose up with a 90 degree fitting, or if the hose goes strait up the horse will play with it and pull the float out. also after we installed our high country bucket we found a insulated bucket with the float in the wall hanger. we are in Florida. we hooked our buckets in the stalls to give the horses cool water, out side in the heat it could go up to 100 plus.i think we are going into our 4 th year and they are great. down side is the wife has to unhook the float. and dump the water so she can clean the bucket., so make sure you have a easy hose hook ups.
Is it only good first 5 gallons then you have to manually refill it or is it hooked to a hose to refill? Is 1 bucket enough for 2 horses? What about the hose freezing in the winter if hooked to a hose? We are 100' downhill from the outside faucet.
Janet O on Sep 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You do have to manually refill it....we are using two outside during the day and fill them in the morning....we fill jugs of warm water from the house to refill as needed. The water does not freeze in the day and we dump it out when the horses go in at night. They have ones in their stalls also. We fill them before they go in the barn for the night and they are good all night. Read the directions they give so you understand how the buckets work. We have been very happy with them.
can i buy replacement floater?
gina l on Oct 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You would need to contact the Manufacturer, (208) 455-8611 or http://www.highcountryplastics.com/
Hi...is there ANYTHING that I can use as a water bucket (or extra large dish) in the summer that will keep water cool for pets? I have electricity to the yard and would like something that is electric. Doesn't have to freeze the water, just keep it cool. Fountain will not work because I don't have a hose connection to that part of the yard. Thanks so much!
NashvilleCat76 on Jun 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We put our H C I Buckets in the stall's and ran a Farm grade hose to the buckets, With a float to shut the water off & On , Here in Florida i checked the water out side and it was at mid day 90 degrees. By putting them in the stall water temp is in the 70's going in and stay cool in the HCI buckets. WE have horse, you said "PETS" so if they are large enough to drink from the buckets this will work, if not then fill water dishes with water and keep in the shade.
Does this come with the black float?
A shopper on Aug 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the High Country Insulated Bucket Tan does come with a black float and black bucket.
What keeps water warm ?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It's not that the water stays warm, but that the thermal holder helps keep the water at more of a constant temperature. It helps to keep the water warmer when the air temperatures get cold and in reverse, when the air temperatures rise in the summer, it helps keep the water cooler. I have had very good luck with this product and have found that even when temps drop down in the lower 20's, they don't ice up. You do need to make sure the water level in the bucket is lower than the top of the insulated holder. I highly recommend this product!
There is no description or extra photos. Is this a bucket inside an insulated holder and I assume the horse just pushes down on s float that sits on the surface? Thanks for you help.
W K on Mar 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Last one of these I saw, it was indeed a 5 gallon bucket inside an insulated "holder." The kind my neighbor has isn't High Country Plastics, but I believe their design is the same.
Will other five gallon buckets fit in this holder? (In case the one included breaks.)
Nancy J on Apr 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: As per High Country, any standard five gallon bucket should fit in the holder.