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    10-21-2009, 07:28 PM
  #1
Foal
Laying down in a stall

Hi there,

I have had my horse for 6 months...roughly...and he is an appolossa..he is more white than the spots....and I would like to know, when he lays down in his stall at night...he isnt the cleanest little guy...he poops and peas...and then just lays down in it...he isnt like my other horse...who actually poops in the same place....and makes sure it is up against the sides...so she doesnt touch it when she lays down.....now is there any thing I can do that anyone suggests....so he doesnt get all full of his poop...he is white and it stains him so I have to like scrub him every day to get the poop off !

Any suggestions?
Thanks a bunch :)

Elaine and Doodles :)
     
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    10-21-2009, 07:38 PM
  #2
Weanling
The easiest way of solving the problem I can think of is to get him a rug. Also, hot toweling works well and can be done in cold weather.
     
    10-21-2009, 07:41 PM
  #3
Foal
A rug? Sorry for my ignorance but to place on the ground? Or over him? Should I put the horse cover thingy I have so they stay warm on him?
     
    10-21-2009, 07:57 PM
  #4
Weanling
Your "Horse cover thingy" I'm going to assume is a rug of some sort, but just to be sure here is a rug, AKA stable sheet.

They come in varieing degrees of warmth and thickness, but their basic function is to keep the horse clean and warm in the stall.

From Horse-Canada.com (how to hot towel):
One winter (or anytime) trick that works well to remove dirt without bathing is hot towelling. Get several old towels, preferably white or light coloured. Wet one at a time in a bucket of very hot water and wring it out thoroughly and quickly (so it doesn't have time to cool off). Place the hot towel on one part of the horse's body at a time. The heat will draw out the dirt. Continue with one section at a time. Finish by rubbing with a dry towel and brushing.
     
    10-21-2009, 08:10 PM
  #5
Foal
Oh ok yes..i no about them...i will get one :) I new I had to get one since winter here is a bit cold...so now I will be happy to no that it will keep him nice and clean too ;) I always thought that they might get it caught or something and make them uncomfy! But hey if they make them for them I guess not :)

Thank you very much for your help :) I appreciate it and im sure Doodles will too :)

Elaine
     
    10-21-2009, 08:25 PM
  #6
Super Moderator
I read an interesting study on wild horses. It seems that light colored hoses seem to roll MUCH more often than darker horses. The theory is that they are attempting to cover their light color with dirt (or whatever) to help them blend in and hide. The stallion I am riding in my avatar is constantly covered with red clay. He seems to want to be a chestnut!
Maybe your horse thinks urine and poo stains will hide him from all those scary predators in the turnout!! LOL!
     
    10-21-2009, 09:15 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Thank you very much for your help :) I appreciate it and im sure Doodles will too :)
You're quite welcome, glad I could help.

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The theory is that they are attempting to cover their light color with dirt (or whatever) to help them blend in and hide
I agree with the the first part, not so sure about the second part. Light coloured horses with pale skin are often more sensitive to the sun than others, they usually have much more sensitive skin than darker skinned horses. Rolling is the best way to create a barrier to protect themselves from the sun and bugs. That's why outdoor horses roll, rolling in the stall is most likely just pure boredom.
     
    10-21-2009, 09:17 PM
  #8
Super Moderator
That may be, but I ride lots of greys (of every shade). They have dark skin but are always covered in mud.
     
    10-21-2009, 09:34 PM
  #9
Weanling
I own a grey (avi pic). The lighter the horse the dirtier they look! My horse is the only grey amid ~60 black horses, he always looks filthy compared to them. I get laughed at for spending so much time grooming!And I always say "At least I know when he's clean!"
     
    10-22-2009, 11:31 PM
  #10
Foal
My grey must be jealous of all the attention my palomino gets because he trys to turn himself into one....with his own pee. By mid winter he looks like a nice paint horse. The stains get so set in that they don't come out untill he sheds out. He stinks too. If it's a warm day in the winter and he gets sweaty the smell makes my eyes tear.
     

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