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post #1 of 14 Old 07-25-2013, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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I accidentally taught my horse something horrible

I think I taught my mare to pee on floor surfaces!

She has two stalls connected to one paddock, I usually have one of the stalls open to the paddock for her to go back and forth. Because having woodchips in there makes her poop, I just banked them against the walls in case she would lie down. Apparently, she saw the chips... I panicked when I realized she was trying to stand on the chips against the wall and pee in the lazy comfort of her shady stall rather than in the weather outside, so I swept all the chips out... too late. She would do ALL her business in the stall. She used to be good about going outside, not anymore. I moved her into the other, completely swept stall a few days ago, hoping the change would bring her back into the old routine, but today I just saw a river of dried urine on the mats! She even deliberately comes to her stall, pees, and heads back out to pasture when the pasture gate is open.

What... have... I... done? Is there any way to fix this? Maybe putting her out to pasture full time will reset her? I guess I have to treat her like a dog now; figure out when she pees, and lock her out of the stall at those times.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-25-2013, 02:38 PM
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I think your avatar says it all :) No knowledge on how to help on this one.

It ranks right up there with my gelding who would hold it in all day and then as soon as he came in, would flood his freshly made up stall.
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-25-2013, 02:45 PM
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You could try locking her out of the stall. I'm sure she will at some point still pee and poop in the stall when you let her back in.

Is it really that bad if she goes in the stall? At least you would only have to clean a small area instead of the whole paddock.
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-25-2013, 02:53 PM
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Why not keep her locked out of the stall, eventually she.will have to go in the paddock
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-25-2013, 03:00 PM
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Leave the mats in the stalls swept and locked for now, put a spread of shavings a few meters away from the stall door outside ......horses don't like peeing on their legs and she will start choosing the shavings over the swept mats or hard splashy ground, especially if you lock her out for a few days and leave a mounded spread of shavings nearby. Just my thoughts.

By your thread title I thought you'd taught your horse to rear!!!
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-25-2013, 03:17 PM
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We have a mare that this very thing. Out in the paddock all day long but when you go to feed...bam! She pees in the stall every single time. Fortunately, she is our race mare and she has been taught to pee on command (due to pee tests after the races) by whistling. Now when I go to feed she meets me at the paddock fence and I whistle until the deed is done, then she has nothing left for her stall, lol
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post #7 of 14 Old 07-25-2013, 03:25 PM
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My percheron mare seems to hold EVERYTHING in until she is put back in her stall :O it's quite a pain! We can't figure out how to stop it :/ others' advice on here may help me too ;)
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post #8 of 14 Old 07-25-2013, 04:56 PM
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RedPony, I never knew you could teach a horse to pee on command! That's so interesting!

I have no clue what to say about this problem. My horse can pee and poop where ever he wants. Lol
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-25-2013, 05:14 PM
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.red pony- coolest thing I read on the forums! Lol

op- I knew a horse that was taught to pee in a toilet seat in the corner of his stall- it was real clean, lol.

I don't think of this as a 'horrible habit' im reckoning its a security issue she's having-- is her run next to other horses?
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-25-2013, 05:21 PM
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Yeah, the "horrible" in the title had me thinking of something a lot worse than this. Scared me there.
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