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    04-18-2012, 08:17 PM
Pooping and Riding

I've been riding for about six years now, and it just occurred to me that none of my riding instructors taught me what to do when I'm riding and my mount decides to poo. This may seem silly, but should I push my horse to continue to accomplish the task I had given him, or should I allow him to halt and enjoy his poo?
With my own horse, I always allow him to stop everything and go to the bathroom- but other horses I have ridden carry on with their task as if they are simply passing gas. Were they trained to do this? Are there pro's and con's to both sides?
Of course I let my horse stop to pee- I don't think it's possible for a horse to pee an walk. Or is it?! Like I said, I am completely ignorant on the topic, and all insight is appreciated. :)
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    04-18-2012, 08:19 PM
Make the horse continue on while pooping. No, I have never seen a horse be able to walk & pee.
    04-18-2012, 08:22 PM
Always stop to let them pee, but push through the pooing! Don't keep letting your horse stop to poo IMOP.. nothing more frustrating than trotting along and your horse slams on the brakes to go potty. Kind of disrespectful when they can do it on the go (they do so in pasture.. so..)

    04-18-2012, 08:22 PM
I will let them to stop and piss of course, but kick them a poop.
    04-18-2012, 08:41 PM
My riding instructor makes them poop on the go, but I know others from the barn that lets their horses stop. The horse I usually ride is allowed to stop and it can get frustrating when I'm in the middle of an exercise. Sometimes he even pretends and tricks me, just so that he can take a break.
    04-18-2012, 08:43 PM
My guys all take care of their pee needs when they see me coming with the tack. I don't think the thoroughbreds have ever peed while I'm riding them, actually. They continue to work when they poo, though.
    04-18-2012, 08:47 PM
At my barn we not only stop to let them pee, but we get up in the two-point for the duration, so as to give them as much freedom as possible. Mostly it's for the geldings because they have to park out so much, but we do mares as well.

Pooping depends on the horse. We will /attempt/ to push them all through it, but most of the ponies are so used to stopping that it's nearly impossible to make them go through it.
    04-18-2012, 09:15 PM
Excellent. So assuming that I want to teach my horse to walk on during the poo session, how would I go about doing that? Kicking the crap out of him doesn't make much since to me.
    04-18-2012, 09:17 PM
Well, that's basically how you do it, haha! A good whack with a crop or some kicking will get them moving most of the time, and after a couple attempts they'll realize that their job is to keep moving through it. After a while, they don't even think about it anymore. One of the former eventers at my barn will jump and poo at the same time, and while that's not ideal by any means it does show how much he simply doesn't care.
    04-18-2012, 09:25 PM
If you kick the crap out of him, there will be no poo left to deal with...

I usually let my horse stop when pooping. With my horses, it only takes a squeeze to keep them moving thru the movement, so to speak.
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