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post #1 of 27 Old 06-02-2012, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Can horses be toilet trained?

Can horses be toilet trained? My 15.2hh 12 yr old standardbred mare goes anywhere and she lives in a HUGE paddock so it takes me forever to muck out. Does anyone know how to toilet train a horse? I would just like her to do her business in the closest corner. How can I teach her to do that?
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post #2 of 27 Old 06-02-2012, 10:27 PM
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No. Closest you can get to toilet trained for a horse, is a stallion (or a gelded late in life stallion) that poops in one or two big piles.
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My mare poops in one big pile (I guess like a stallion! hahaha) but she will poop in other areas. She just prefers her "spot".

She's always been somewhat like that but she used to be a bit more "free" with her poo, then she was pastured with 2 llamas (llamas are funny and they'll only poop in 3 or 4 places in one pasture) and she got a lot more stringent about only pooping in one area. She's not pastured with those llamas anymore but it seems like the habit has been created pretty solidly because she's still using one big pile.

She's also pretty much blind which may have something to do with it, like she's "marking" her favorite hangout or something so she can find it by smell vs solely by sight...

I think pooping in one place or not is probably pretty dependent on the horse

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I wish :P
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post #5 of 27 Old 06-02-2012, 10:38 PM
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Life would be much easier if horses decided that they would only poop in one spot!

My older TB gelding is a poop machine, turd output about 13288 turds per hour! Haha he never stops.
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My boy poops a LOT. Never know when he's going to do it but there's always like 15 piles haha..

So pretty sure it's dependent on the horse.

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I wish my horse would only do 15 a day, aparently most horses do 12-25 a day and my horse does at least 20, usually 25!!!!!!!!!! I have a large wheelbarrow.
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Oh man, I wish it was possible!
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post #9 of 27 Old 06-02-2012, 11:54 PM
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YOu could try spreading some shavings in one area, and trying to get the hrose to pee there sometime. Then, it might like the smell , and the splash freeness of that area, and then maybe would start pooping there.
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post #10 of 27 Old 06-03-2012, 12:48 AM
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I don't know how you can train your horse to poop in one spot but when I was a teenager my chestnut Arabian/Saddlebred mare used to poop and pee in one corner of her stall and in one area in her paddock. It was the greatest thing for easy clean-up. My dad only had to bring the tractor in and remove all the poop in one foul swoop. It was funny to see her toileting routine as she would just saunter up to her pile, put herself in reverse and make her deposit. Priceless! I couldn't take any credit for this as she just naturally did this from the time we bought her. She was a super clean horse. I miss her deeply.
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