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post #1 of 16 Old 12-28-2012, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Training a Horse to Keep the Stall Cleaner?

I have three horses, all Standardbreds in which we used to race. Now they're just recreational horses. Two of them are really clean, the 15 year old mare (mother of the two others) and our 8 year old gelding. They only take about 5 minutes to clean their stalls. But our youngest 5 year old mare is a real pig. My dad has even mentioned that a pig would actually be cleaner then her. She takes around 10-15 minutes to clean.

Is there any tips on maybe training her to be cleaner in the stall? We don't know why she is so messy. It seams to me that she spends her whole night messing up the stall!

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post #2 of 16 Old 12-28-2012, 12:25 PM
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Hahaha horses eat hay off poop, roll in mud and enjoying sleeping in poo piles, why on earth do you think they will keep a stall clean?!

Be thankful only one is messy instead of all three.
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post #3 of 16 Old 12-28-2012, 12:35 PM
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Is there any tips on maybe training her to be cleaner in the stall?
No. They're either piggy or not.

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post #4 of 16 Old 12-28-2012, 12:49 PM
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15 minutes isn't much. I've come across horses whose stalls had to be stripped daily because they made such a mess.

But to answer your question...no.
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lol if you figure out how let me know!
All I can think is maybe some of its boredom, so maybe put out some of those lik it things that you can hang in her stall. Maybe it will keep her slightly occupied and not thinking on how to get it to take longer then 15 mins to clean her stall? Lol
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I don't think there is a way to train them to be cleaner. Some of them are just messy. :) My mule is neat and goes in the corner, but the paint that I have poops everywhere. :)

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post #7 of 16 Old 12-28-2012, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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15 minutes isn't much. I've come across horses whose stalls had to be stripped daily because they made such a mess.

But to answer your question...no.
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Well it depends on what you use for bedding. I know straw can take a LONG time. We use shavings.

I actually think the only way to train them to keep clean was when we were racing them. They seamed to be to tired to make a mess after racing...
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I know a guy who taught his horse to pee in a bucket. He just stood there for hours with a bucket under his gelding til it pee'd, then gave him treats and lovins and his dinner. Says it takes like six months of doing it daily.

I've also read that if you take an old tire, and put it in the corner of your stall with a different horses poop in it they will poop on top of it and eventually learn to poo in that corner. Not sure if it works, but its an interesting theory. Just some interesting incidences.
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I wonder if that tire idea would work.

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post #10 of 16 Old 12-28-2012, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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i know a guy who taught his horse to pee in a bucket. He just stood there for hours with a bucket under his gelding til it pee'd, then gave him treats and lovins and his dinner. Says it takes like six months of doing it daily.

I've also read that if you take an old tire, and put it in the corner of your stall with a different horses poop in it they will poop on top of it and eventually learn to poo in that corner. Not sure if it works, but its an interesting theory. Just some interesting incidences.
I might have to try the tire idea!
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