Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
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.
No one told any of the horses I know this.
I have one very neat horse who makes his manure all in one big pile.
MFM tends to make a huge pile of manure too, but her pile is right under her hay bag. Not the actions of a horse that is trying to keep her waste away from her food, considering the door to her paddock is wide open an she can manure outside or in any other spot in her stall.
BF is just a slob. And like was described by others, is more than willing to manure and pee right on her hay. I do not think this is a lack of something in her diet either. She is the type that soils her food and then has a complete hissy fit that her food is ruined.
I cleaned stalls for years to pay my board. I would say there are far more horses who are slobs and do not care where they manure (in relationship to their feed) than there are horses that do care.