My filly used to "help" me pick the shavings in the stall, but it got to where it was annoying because every step or two I'd bump into her behind me or she'd get poked with the end of my rake- so I started tying her while I cleaned. Then she realized she could reach the bags of shavings with her teeth. Oi!
I am a professional mucker and even do eventing. I spend hours doing ground work and trying different scoop/ push methods. I regularly attend seminars where we discuss everything from rake length to retrieving the small marble muck balls that hide within the hay.
Mucking is serious business and one we chose over many others.
We would rather be muckers than truckers.
I say this because this career is quite competitive and now we may be competing against the very animals whose muck we muck.