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        07-25-2013, 06:24 PM
    I taught my reining QH to pee when I whistle......I worked at the track for many years and its a habit I've picked up, I automatically whistle when a horse starts peeing.....then after a while when I whistle, they all pee......
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        07-25-2013, 06:48 PM
    Considering she's a gray, with white hind hooves, and the urine splashes all over her legs... Oh, it's horrible from where I'm cleaning it

    I have mats and the mare somehow tracks in a bucketful of dirt, so I have a muddy-urine mess... Hose it out and then I always get a few puddles left after sweeping. Her frogs also soften from standing in it, shamelessly of course. Wouldn't you know, I spend time with her at least three times a day, and I am allergic to horses? The urine makes me sneeze and wheeze, cleaning pine chips frequently isn't an issue, but the urine sitting there on the mats... Bleh! I take allergy shots for this... and my mountain of indoor/outdoor allergies.

    Muppetgirl--- GENIUS, I never thought of putting the chips outside! That might work Locking her out to the paddock concerns me a bit, because she tends to roll more, and rub her mane on the fence. She gets ungodly dirty. Looks like a powdered doughnut, only dark gray to the color of the sandy dirt. Oh well, though, if it helps her pee outside.

    My neighbor has her horses trained to pee in buckets. I tried with my mare, but somehow got her to defecate when she sees me with the stall rake/fork... Hooray.
        07-25-2013, 08:27 PM
    All my geldings will come into the arena and pee/poop in the arena even though they can go outside where they are all day. Or go in the little area just in the barn.
        07-25-2013, 10:51 PM
    I understand your frustration. I'd nip it in the bud fast if I were you, lol. Keep her out of the stall and try the shavings idea. I have one that started running into her shelter to pee when she'd see me coming to grab the feed buckets off the fence to fill. I was too lazy to climb the fence when I first noticed it, close her out of the shelter, then take the feed buckets and now I am frustrated with it daily. She sees me coming, heads for the shelter, I start yelling "NO" which sometimes works, most of the time it doesn't, then I hop the fence and start running to try and get her out before she starts. It would have been easier if I wasn't lazy to begin with! It's been nice here recently with no severe weather so the gate is closed on my shelter as I type, trying to retrain her once again. I hate for them to end up standing in a puddle, or having to use more shavings, when it would dry quicker and drain better out in the open.

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