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post #11 of 16 Old 12-28-2012, 05:08 PM
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i know a guy who taught his horse to pee in a bucket. he just stood there for hours with a bucket under his gelding til it pee'd, then gave him treats and lovins and his dinner. says it takes like six months of doing it daily.

i've also read that if you take an old tire, and put it in the corner of your stall with a different horses poop in it they will poop on top of it and eventually learn to poo in that corner. not sure if it works, but its an interesting theory. just some interesting incidences.
They attempt to train steeple horses to pee when you whistle. I say attempt because in the six years that I've been working at the track doing drug testing, only about a dozen actually visibly tried to pee at the whistle sound.
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My horse is so neat she's messy... She will poop right by the wall with her poo piles all stacked on top of each other, and she also generally pees in one spot. The problem is that lately she is pooping so close to the wall that she's pooping ON the wall. Or in the rails. So when I go to the barn I have to scrape it off. :-/

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post #13 of 16 Old 12-29-2012, 12:22 AM
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They attempt to train steeple horses to pee when you whistle. I say attempt because in the six years that I've been working at the track doing drug testing, only about a dozen actually visibly tried to pee at the whistle sound.
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I know a few people that train their endurance horses to pee on a whistle! Just whistle every time they pee, and eventually the whistle and the peeing is associated with one another, until you can whistle and the horse pees! (classical Pavovian conditioning, anyone?)
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post #14 of 16 Old 12-29-2012, 12:23 AM
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I guess I'm just lucky my horse and his pasturemate are super neat freaks. They have stalls with gravel runs attached and only go to the bathroom in the back of the runs leaving the stall competely neat and tidy. They also have a little shelter in their pasture where they will never go to the bathroom in. If the weather is really nasty, they will back their butts up to the edge of the shelter and poop outside while still staying nice and dry inside the shelter.

I don't think I've ever seen a horse so concerned with cleanliness as these two guys are. The barn would save a fortune in shavings and labor if every horse were as clean as them.
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post #15 of 16 Old 12-29-2012, 12:28 AM
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Does she have access to a run? And what bedding, are you using?

The reason I ask is because horses tend to pee where they won't get splashed. That's why they spread out so much to pee - they don't want to get it on their legs. It can actually cause skin issues of they get it on themselves too much on a regular basis.

I learned this tip from a waste management specialist, whose job is to educate others about properly dealing with livestock waste. She spoke to our horse club about composting and other forms of waste management, including how to take care of waste from your stalls.

Horses not wanting to pee on themselves lends to a nifty way to train your horses not to potty in the stall - remove all bedding. If the bottom of the stall is rubber, then the horses will get splashed when they pee. Eventually, they'll start going in their run to do their business, keeping your stall cleaner. Plus, the rubber is easy to sweep/scrape/spray off, making for quick cleanups. A friend of mine keeps all four horses in stalls with rubber mats only - and the mats are almost always clean because the horses just don't mess them up!
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post #16 of 16 Old 12-29-2012, 02:44 AM
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I know someone that would put shavings only in the middle of the stall and leave the outside uncovered and so the horse would poop on the outside perimeter and then pee on the shavings, don't know how she taught this or if the horse just kinda figured something out but it helped to clean it faster. Hoped I helped! Good luck!

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