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post #1 of 12 Old 10-29-2013, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Should dog feces be kept away from horses?

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(Sorry, I'm ranting a little bit as well)--We have some neighbors that do not appreciate us having a horse. They don't like the electric fence, and want nothing to do with us. My mom and I have kept to ourselves and made sure not to disturb any of the other houses around us including the neighbors that basically hate us to bits. We have not talked to them in years, nor have we had any bad confrontations with them.

Today I was walking the fence in our acre pasture because one of our fence wires was lose. Walking the area that meets their backyard, I found a large amount of dog feces. I'm not talking about one pile left by a dog, I'm talking - somebody cleaned up after it well over a dozen times and dumped it about a FOOT INSIDE our horse pasture. I am just wondering if dog droppings have anything that could cause a horse to get ill. I know Possum droppings are bad to have around but I wasn't sure if it was the same with dogs.


Honestly, if you don't like a neighbor, act like a grown adult and leave each other alone. Don't drop you pet's waste on their property- that's so childish. I'm 16 and even I know better than that. Sheesh!! Way to be a role model for your children..My horse has better manners!! (Rant over)

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-29-2013, 07:38 PM
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Wow, that's pretty weird alright. Some crappy neighbours you have right there. :(

I don't know about dog poop and horses. But I would post "Private Property / No Trespassing" signs all along the fence that is closest to the troublemakers.
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I have never heard of it being an issue. Possums are carriers of something that can harm horses, dogs are not. Honestly, your horses probably won't graze in that spot if there is poop dumped there anyway.

Why don't you put up a higher line of tape so they can't dump their poop over the fence anymore? It is incredibly rude, but if they already dislike you, I don't see a point in talking to them about it. Why do they hate you having horses so much?
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I'm inclined to say no. While I have no true knowledge to back me up in this I almost guarantee most farmers don't go around picking up after their ranch dogs or coyotes who may have wandered around in a horse's pasture or paddock. Especially if the horse lives in more than 2 acres.

In such massive quantities, maybe there's a chance of it being trouble (it's a pile of shhh, there's bound to be some ucky bugs around there), but I'm still inclined to say no.. just an assumption though. Don't take my word for it.

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post #5 of 12 Old 10-29-2013, 08:28 PM
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That was rude. I have a neighbor that dumps their cat litter in the woods next to my driveway. It irritates me to no end because they are dumping it on MY property but I've never said anything to them because they are friendly neighbors.

I might be tempted to clean the dog pile up and dump it back on their side....

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Why don't you put up a higher line of tape so they can't dump their poop over the fence anymore? It is incredibly rude, but if they already dislike you, I don't see a point in talking to them about it. Why do they hate you having horses so much?
They lived in the area before we did and were offered the acre behind them ( Which is now part of our horse pasture) they declined the offer and a few years after we moved in, the farmer offered the acre to us ( we only had half an acre for two horses at the time) -- They freaked out because the fence is electric and ( seeing they know absolutely squat about horse care etc)- automatically though it was high voltage or something and were scared the horses were going to eat their pine trees.. (?)

Other than that we haven't had any other issues that I can recall to make them dislike us so much.-- I would love to fling it back into their yard or something but my mom said not to :P Although it annoys me, it is just poo. It's not like it's going to be there forever

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post #7 of 12 Old 10-29-2013, 10:22 PM
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I'd leave it on their welcome mat.

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post #8 of 12 Old 10-30-2013, 01:25 AM
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My dogs sometimes poop in my paddocks and I dont bother picking it up unless I'm mucking out and come across one so I wouldn't worry about it. That is really rude though and extremely childish. I always say pick your battles so while I might be tempted to dump it back over their side your mum is probably right. However if it happens again then I might be inclined to collect it in a bag and place it back on their property.
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I'd put horse poo on their lawn right beside the pile of dog poo!! Horses make a lot more poo than dogs.

I would not want dog feces near my horses as it can carry salmonella and other bacteria.
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-30-2013, 01:36 AM
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I can't answer to the health issue for your horse although I suspect it is relatively harmless to it, however you should check with your local council/municipal board as they may have a bylaw against dumping garbage on other people's property - it may be worthwhile bringing them in if that is the case as it's better to nip this sort of behaviour in the bud.
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