“ Manufacturer: Tubtrugs / Type: Horse Equipment „
Colour has come a long way in the world of horses since I owned my first pony as a child. Now, even feed time is given a makeover with these lovely bright feed buckets and I can't think whatever we did without them.
Made of what feels like flexible plastic they come in a range of sizes and colours so it's easy to create a system for all your needs around the yard. I have a big yellow one for the water, a red one for carrying soiled bedding and droppings from the stable to the muck heap and a pink one for when it's my horse's bath time. With the handy carrying handles on either side to make balancing any load easy for one or two people, the list of potential uses for these handy Tubtrugs buckets is endless.
I bought my first one when I bought my horse four years ago and it's still going strong, although I did have just one where one of the handles broke in two. Having said that, my Tubtrugs buckets don't have an easy life, being kicked and thrown about the stable by the horses or helping to muck out several every day.
We have a joke in our family that you can kiss goodbye to a tenner for any item that mentions 'horse' or 'riding' in its name, but these buckets seem to be an exception to our rule and I have paid as little as £5 for a large one of these buckets which I think, for the use you get out of them, is something of a bargain.
They would also make a useful addition to a gardener's toolkit for weeding jobs etc.
When these first came out a stack of pretty pink and purple ones caught my eye in the equestrian section of a big garden/pet centre. It was only a couple of years later seeing them in a whole range of colours in the garden section that we first got one. And another. And then another.
They are honestly so useful and now come in a range of sizes. When you have one you wonder what you used to use before to do things, well I do anyway! You can transport/keep pretty much anything in these. They are weatherproof and easy to clean.
I'm not sure exactly what they're made of but I suppose it's some kind of rubber as they're quite flexible. The flexibility means that the handles can come together to be held with just one hand. The handles are thick enough that they don't dig into your hands.
I generally use these in the garden to carry around plants, compost, water, etc but can see that they would be useful for allsorts. Considering how strong they are, they don't weigh much. An added bonus is the fact that they stack to store.
I use these most days and as sad as it sounds would be a little lost without them. Thoroughly recommended.
A few months ago I began to see these Tubtrugs on sale in a lot of places and they seemed really popular. They were claiming they could be used for all sots of things from gardening to toy boxes to feed buckets.
As I eventually bought mine I paid 18 euro for a cute pink one. They were selling them as feed buckets but I just wanted it to store various dog toys and equipment that seemed to be stored in every corner of the house but it has actually ended up being used for almost anything. I think it is especially handy when you are washing the car and I even replaced an old laundry basket with a larger one of these Tubtrugs. They may seem like a cute gimmick but they really are worth every penny because they will last you so long.
They come in a vast range of colours and sizes from 14L to 75L and I chose one which has 60L capacity. Although I have bought another since. They come in really cute colours and I stuck to my girly side and chose pink and purple. Everyone comments on these when they see them in my house and they are usually convinced to buy them when they realise how versatilee they actually are. I plan on buying a few large ones for my daughters toy room before the Christmas rush.
The Tubtrugs are made out of hard rubber and have a handle on each side. They are very easy to carry as long as there is not too much of a load. However the handles will dig into your hands if you carry them anymore than a few minutes. They are really strong handles though and there is no fear of them actually breaking off from the tub.
These are also UV and frost proof so you could leave them outside in summer and winter without them fading in the sun or cracking due to frost. I dont know of any other storage bin that can boast those qualities!
I would recommend these to everyone. They are advertised for all kinds of uses and Im sure you will find some use for your Tubtrug too!
I have been using Tub Trugs for years now and I have to say, they are probably one of my favourite items as they are so versatile! I have horses, and we have used them for all sorts. The main thing we use them for is horse water buckets, as they are easy to handle and transport. We also use them for feeds, as muck buckets and for carting water, carrots and other items around.
The Tub Trugs come in different sizes ranging from 14L to 75L and in a range of colours. All the colours are bright and eye catching. I have 13 horses and choose a range of colours to co-ordinate horse buckets to the horse. My favourite colours are the pink and purple, although these are probably the most common. It is harder to find the larger tub trugs in such a variety of colours so you may to have shop around if you want a certain colour.
The Tub Trugs have become more common in recent years as they can be used for gardening and for kids bedrooms as well as on the stable yard or farm. We usually get ours from our agricultural suppliers or closest equestrian retailer but now they are also sold in some DIY stores and now supermarkets are following the trend as house and garden storage.
The handles on the original tub trugs are stronger than the copies although the copies are also quite a bit cheaper. They can cope with a lot of weight in the bucket and heavy usage. We will fill a large tubtrug full with water and carry it between two of us or drag it across the floor and they still last a long time. The weather doesn't seem to affect them too much either as we will often leave ours out through winter and when the water freezes and expands the bucket is flexible enough for it not to be a problem.
They do not take up much space when not in use as they can all be stacked up on top of each other. The fact you can stack them also makes it easier when feeding large amounts of horses, like I do, as you can mix feeds up and carry them at once, and with so many colours it is easy to give the horse the right feed.
I recommend Tub trugs to everybody who either wants to use them on the stable yard or at home. They are so versatile you can come up with different ways of using these all of the time! The only thing I would say is to be careful if you are close to a public footpath and are using them for horses, somebody stole ours in the summer and left our horses without any water, people like them because they are so colourful even if they don't have much use for them.
My Grandad and I have bought a variety of these buckets over the last few years for our horses. We buy them from our local horse feed shop and the bigs ones cost about £5 and we have a medium sized one that came into my nan's charity shop so we got it for the bargin price of £1!! They do come in 6 different sizes (14litre, 15l, 26l, 35l, 42l and 75l) and 14 different colours. If you can't find them in your local shop, they can be bought from www.tubtrugs.com. They are made from plastic so they are flexible but still strong.
Both my girls have them as water buckets. As they are both quite young horses (one is 6 and the other is 8 months), they do still have a habit of crashing it to things. My older pony is a rescue and can be quite agressive to other people or horses when she is in her stable. She has a habit of running at the door to make faces at those going past. This enevitably means she crashes into her water bucket now and again as it is kept near the front of the stable. She has knocked it over a few times but hasn't managed to damage one in the slightest in the 4 1/2 years that I have had her. She has also stood on one and it just bent under her hoof. The different sizes have meant that as my filly has grown and has started to drink more water, I have just been able to give her a slightly bigger bucket without them looking too different.
We also use them for mucking out with, you can get quite a lot of manure in them without them being too heavy to carry. Depending on how dirty my girls have been 1 1/2 - 3 buckets will do a whole stable. I store my jump cups in one so they are easy to move around and easily accessible. My nan uses one for gardening too.
My only gripe with them is that I have to carry them one handed as my left shoulder has been damaged so can't take too much weight. Constantly folding the two handles together causes a small split to appear on one side at the top. It is only about 1cm long and has been like it for 6 months without growing so it is not a huge problem.