train a horse to pee in paddock rather than stall?

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    02-08-2011, 08:48 PM
train a horse to pee in paddock rather than stall?

Can this be done? Yeah, I know...wishful thinking, huh?!

The 2 year old mare has a stall with shavings, plus unlimited access to a fairly large paddock. She used to poop and pee in her she almost NEVER poops in her stall. That is great, but I would love it if there was a way to encourage her to pee outside of her stall.

Is this a crazy concept...or it it possible? Thanks!
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    02-08-2011, 08:50 PM
I feel your pain, We have a stall connected to our paddock as well and he has 24/7 access and he will walk to his stall from where ever he is in the field to come pee in his stalls. It's so aggrevating. I don't know how to stop it thought lol
    02-08-2011, 09:27 PM
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LOL! Yeah, my mare does that too. I think it's because she doesn't like the "splash" of urine on her legs.

If you can figure out how to train them not to pee in their stall, I'll be all ears!
    02-08-2011, 09:53 PM
My horse never poops or pee's in his stall. He and his "room mate" have a seperate stall for there "bathroom."
    02-08-2011, 10:14 PM
Could be a way of them claiming their own space or I've heard horses will sometimes prefer to go bathroom in their cleanest spaces
    02-08-2011, 10:24 PM
Funny how horses are NOT like dogs. They will poop and pee right where they sleep and eat.
I was hoping there was some old fashioned remedy or tip like "put a penny in the corner of the stall" or something crazy like that!
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    02-08-2011, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by dirtymartini    
Funny how horses are NOT like dogs. They will poop and pee right where they sleep and eat.
I was hoping there was some old fashioned remedy or tip like "put a penny in the corner of the stall" or something crazy like that!
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You'd be surprised. If given the chance, most horses will actually prefer to keep their waste away from their food and sleeping quarters, we just don't typically allow them the opportunity or the space to do so.

My grandpa used to be SO mad because we had a 10 acre pasture by the house and the horses chose the corner absolutely closest to the house to do all their dirty work. Grass that grows back on top of feces tastes terrible and horses won't eat it - so when given enough room, they WILL create a "potty". You could find the occasional pile out in the pasture, but they pretty much all came up front to pee and poop.

As for actually training them to do so, I imagine it could be done with a LOT of work. Probably more work than it's worth! They have seeing eye horses now, and from what I understand they are trained to request to be let out to do their business so it IS possible.
    02-08-2011, 10:47 PM
When I got my first horse here at my place (a mini) my friend brought me some of her horse's manure to put in a certain corner of the paddock, to attract him to poop there. I know that with poop that works...wonder about pee?
I kind of think Walkamile might have a point....they might like the absorbency of the stall bedding.
I could save so much money on shavings, not to mention TIME cleaning the stall! Oh, and my manure pile is growing and growing with all the wet shavings I am adding to it!
(I know this isn't news to you folks...I am sure your feeling the same way. Just wanted to vent!)
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    02-08-2011, 11:00 PM
I was going to say that it's the stall bedding. Which makes me ask, why is it bedded? If your horse can come and go freely, won't they lay down outside when they want to lay down and sleep? Our horse have no place that is bedded. They lay down on the ground, in the sand or on the grass or even on the mud. Sure they are dirty, but they have no trouble sleeping on the ground, all year long. Now, we don't get a ton of snow, but even during the snow weather, they find a place to sleep.
It is definiitel the shavings. Clean them all out, down to the matts and put a pile outdoors somewhere and see if she doesnt' change her habit.
    02-08-2011, 11:11 PM
Yeah...I was thinking about that. When she first got here, she was stalled at night. Now we never close her in, she always has access to the paddock. I will say, sometimes at night I peek out there and she is laying in her stall
My 2 minis are in the adjoining stall/paddock and they do not have any shavings
The stalls are matted...not sure if that makes it better or worse to have no bedding?.
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