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post #1 of 30 Old 11-07-2013, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Do you let your horse stop...?

This may be kind of a weird question, but I've wondered about it quite a bit...
When you're riding your horse and they have to poop, do you let them stop or make them keep going? Does your horse even want to stop to go? My horse wants to, and when I'm riding at home I let him, but he will keep going if I make him, which I do at shows. My sister's horse, though, HAS to stop; you cannot make him keep moving forward. But what's the 'right' way, or the 'fair' way? I feel bad if one wants to stop but can't, but if you're at a show I hate having to break gait.
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Consistency is important. You can't let a horse get away with something sometimes and not others. He doesn't understand the difference and IMO its not fair to him to punish him tomorrow for what was okay today. It also costs you points at a show.

That being said, physically they can be at a full gallop and poop. Stopping is just a bad habit.
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post #3 of 30 Old 11-07-2013, 06:42 PM
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If you are showing, I say don't let them stop. Horses are able to move and go #2 at the same time, even at a canter. If it's #1, they generally will wait until stopped. If they stop in the middle of something, it's usually because they have held their #1 so long that they are now in pain and must go NOW.
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I do not show at the "big time" so I let my horses stop to poop. I feel bad to make them walk through it. I wouldn't want to walk and go to the bathroom at the same time.
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post #5 of 30 Old 11-07-2013, 06:56 PM
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I only stop to allow them to pee. Pooping we continue on.

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I do not show at the "big time" so I let my horses stop to poop. I feel bad to make them walk through it. I wouldn't want to walk and go to the bathroom at the same time.
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I don't mean to offend, but I always kind of giggle when I hear people say this. I really don't mean any offense but I was taught that horses are animals that are prayed on. They are low on the food chain and therefore food. If something is chasing them and they stop to poop, they die. This is why nature made them able to run yelling "oh crap there's a wolf after me" while they are actually crapping in the wolfs face. Some say this could also be another defence mechanism...blinding their predator :)
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My current horse is a stop'n'poop. I did try training her not to stop for a while, but it was too much of a bother. I don't show so it's not an issue.
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Yeah horses are formulated as flight animals.. they HAVE to poop on the go. It's not mean or evil to expect them to work through it.

For peeing though, they usually have to park (but they can hold it if needed like if they were running from a predator) so I get into 2 point and let them at it at a halt.

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When I'm riding, I'm out to enjoy myself and I'm not in a rush for anything. If they stop for 10 seconds to pee/poop, that's fine with me. If we're somewhere you really don't want to stop, e.g crossing a road, they know better than to stop in the middle anyway. I personally don't see what the big deal is.
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At least up here, hunter/jumper shows, if you horse stops to poop...you are disqualified. We were always taught while schooling (repeatedly, drilled in) that allowing our horses to stop is a bad thing.

My daughters lease pony recently reminded us of the fact that they can quite happily poop on the run - she put her over an oxer for the first time and she got so excited (she's the type that literally goes gaga over jumping, can't wait to go) that she literally "let it fly" half way over the jump, and then halfway down the away line afterwards. It flew everywhere. :)

When we're out for a pleasure hack on our leases we give them leeway as they're not hunter/jumper show horses, but the schoolies...get your butt in gear - allowing them to stop just gets them into the habit of thinking it's OK, and then when they're showing they get their rider DQ'd.
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