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post #11 of 30 Old 11-07-2013, 07:27 PM
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I knew a horse at my last barn that would NOT poop and go. Nothing in the world could make him start walking while he was pooping - not even the resident herd dog snapping at his heels (Though he'd balk and roll his eyes at it, then bolt when he was done). Neither of my horses refuse - they WANT to stop, but if I don't let them they keep walking. I typically do let them, as I have no reason not to.
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post #12 of 30 Old 11-07-2013, 07:29 PM
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Depends. If I am moseying around and we slowly stop or I'm thinking of stopping, fine. When we are working and trotting on the bit and they slam on the brakes, not ok. There is a mare who regularly goes at a canter, or trot. She does this more often than I walk I think.

Not to be awkward, but it's anatomy too. We use all the muscles in our lower abdomen etc and need to be in a certain position/still... Horses have softer bowel movements and different anatomy and 4 legs! And erm, still technically possible for a human to go while walking..

I think it comes down to horse calling shots/people calling shots in a way for whether you let them stop or not.
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post #13 of 30 Old 11-07-2013, 07:55 PM
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It's not about being in a rush. When I'm riding, my horse is not in charge. He doesn't get to dictate direction or speed or whatever (doesn't stop him from trying stuff on occasion). He can poop however he chooses when he's on his own time.
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post #14 of 30 Old 11-07-2013, 07:59 PM
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Because you have plans to show, try to keep him moving when he poops.
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post #15 of 30 Old 11-07-2013, 08:26 PM
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None of mine, except my hard-headed Irish Draught stop to poop.

My reason? ... I show and I lost a first or second placing because she broke stride to poop. I had been trying to break her from stopping to poop, but was never told otherwise until the last year. Quite an annoying habit really ;)

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post #16 of 30 Old 11-07-2013, 10:26 PM
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I don't show, and I let them stop. Why? Because we regularly travel on the streets in the neighborhood. If they poop in front of my neighbor's house, I come back and clean it up at the end of the ride. There isn't a legal requirement to do so, but it increases the number of neighbors who smile and wave when we go by.

And when they stop, the poop pile is smaller and easier to collect...
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post #17 of 30 Old 11-07-2013, 11:46 PM
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I let 'em stop to go.
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post #18 of 30 Old 11-08-2013, 02:57 AM
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My first lesson horse HAD to stop to poop. Apparently he knew well enough not to do this at shows. Abby doesn't really poop much while riding.
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post #19 of 30 Old 11-08-2013, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny View Post
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 :)
Big difference. I did not say that a horse isn't physically capable of pooping and walking/trotting/loping at the same time. I said that I prefer to allow my horses to stop to poop because I feel it is less stressful and easier for them to do so.

The point you bring up has zero correlation to my personal preference with my horses.

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post #20 of 30 Old 11-08-2013, 11:50 AM
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My horse is convinced that he MUST stop to poop, any tips to break him? Kicking him or tapping him with the crop is not an option, because if you kick him he bucks and if he is even touched by a crop/whip/quirt he goes absolutely crazy. It has never been an issue, because he is a VERY forward minded horse, and slightly closing your leg sends him off. Help? Do I just keep asking him to go forward, or what? I am planning on showing intro dressage with him.

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