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        04-18-2011, 11:48 PM
      #11
    Trained
    Soooooooo glad I don't have a poneh that likes to poo in buckets or other feeders!!!

    I've had them before, though, and it just never really seemed to matter what we did, or where we put the buckets... so not sure what to tell ya!!!
         
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        04-19-2011, 12:24 AM
      #12
    Foal
    I have my feeders hanging low so as my horses can eat and chew naturally at ground level. My yearling filly poops smack bang in the middle of it. The feeder has a hay rack in the top and section for grain below, she gets it right in the middle of the bottom without makin a mess anywhere. This is gross! So I completely undersatnd where your all comin from
         
        04-19-2011, 03:34 AM
      #13
    Banned
    I have a horse that would poop in his water, but if you stand close enough you can hear him saying 'durrrrr'. He is so very dumb. I put out 4 water buckets, in different areas of he stall, and checked them daily.

    He would sabotage himself and poop in some and kick over others, and poop in another, but then he had one left.
         
        04-19-2011, 08:42 AM
      #14
    Banned
    I do not think it is so much that they like to manure in buckets as much as some horses like to back up to something to manure.

    I have one mare that does this. When outside she backs up to a gate or the fence.

    In her stall it used to be her water bucket (sigh). I hung a jolly ball in there (not to manure on but as a toy) and she started backing up to that to manure. The jolly ball is staying, even though it gets gross. I like it so much better not having to clean out manure soup.
         
        04-19-2011, 09:12 AM
      #15
    Showing
    We built a wooden stand for the bucket to raise it up. That was the only way.
         
        04-19-2011, 02:27 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Haha, this reminds me of a friend's horse we kept up at our barn. We had grain buckets tied in the corners of the stalls, and he used to squish his big, wide QH butt right into the corner to poop in his grain bucket. He also backing up and pooping against the walls. I don't know why he did it either, and we never caught him at it so we could teach him not to... Good luck!
         
        04-19-2011, 02:31 PM
      #17
    Banned
    Islandmudpony, how would you teach them not to?
         
        04-19-2011, 08:36 PM
      #18
    Showing
    LOL, I've had a couple that would do that too. Other than finding a way to raise the bucket above the height where he could poop in it, I don't know what to tell you LOL. I just got to where I would only fill their buckets about 1/3 full (20 gallon buckets) at any given filling so that it was easy to dump.
         
        04-20-2011, 09:47 AM
      #19
    Foal
    I'd try moving the bucket around. And or putting 2 in with him to see what he does.. My mare occasionally poops in her water or feed bucket,but it's only when she's upset at me. Example: if it was hot and I rode her, or if she's been stalled for to long.
         
        04-20-2011, 11:06 AM
      #20
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    Islandmudpony, how would you teach them not to?
    Yell something like "Dyler, NoOOOOOOO" and wave my hands in the air, and run charging toward him... I dunno, worked on the rotti that tried to poop in the middle of my baseball game, lol.
         

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