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post #21 of 30 Old 11-08-2013, 11:57 AM
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Nope. They don't do this when they are playing, so I see this as a disobedience. It's not like they lack fiber in their diet. =b

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post #22 of 30 Old 11-08-2013, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares View Post
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.
Yes! And I'm going to enjoy myself more if my horse is enjoying herself, too. So if she wants to stop for a potty break, that's perfectly fine.

I also am not all that fond of riding single-file, when the horse ahead of me decides to drop a load. Though it can be good for a laugh, when the dog - the one you've been yelling at 'cause she's continually getting under foot - gets it dropped on her head
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post #23 of 30 Old 11-08-2013, 03:44 PM
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We trail ride and don't do shows. If the horse wants to stop to poo, we let them.

It does make some close calls when one stops. When I started Ghost, he liked to run into other horses to stop himself. I was riding him and my wife was riding her horse, which stopped to poop. Ghost ran into her horses but and my knee went up his butt. I ended up with a nice brown/green spot on my knee. I swear that Copper's eyes popped out of his head when it happened. I still laugh about when someone mentions it or we have another close call.
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post #24 of 30 Old 11-08-2013, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Chickenoverlord View Post
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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post #25 of 30 Old 11-08-2013, 04:46 PM
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I hate it when a horse stops to poop while I'm riding. I was training a horse, that WOULD NOT move while pooping. He never slammed on the brakes, but he'd wait until we were walking, and he'd stop. I squeezed him, I kicked him, I tapped and smacked him with a crop, I used spurs with him, and it didn't matter what I did, he wouldn't move until he was done. No idea where he got the idea he had to stop, as he did do jumping shows, and I'm sure that the rider didn't let him stop, and the current owner, the previous owners mom, didn't ride much, and hated him stopping, so no clue where it came from, but every time he stopped I made a big deal out of it, and tried to get him going, and never was able to get him to GO even at a walk while pooping. I'd have been happy with even a step or two forward just to begin with. That being said, to each his own, and if you want to let your horse stop and poop, that's your perogative, just know that it's not allowed in shows, you will get docked points or disqualified if the horse stops, and if you are planning on selling the horse, or leasing the horse out to someone who may one day show, it does inconvenience them if the horse has learned its okay to stop to go poop.
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post #26 of 30 Old 11-08-2013, 04:50 PM
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I show as well as compete on a drill team, so I never let them stop to poop. I wouldn't want to cause a wreck in the middle of the performance! Luckily, my horses don't often pee or poop under saddle, they prefer to save it for the trailer ride home so I have to hose it out all the time
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post #27 of 30 Old 11-08-2013, 06:02 PM
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FWIW, my horses usually 'ask' to stop and poop. However, they don't consider stopping a requirement, which is why I just had to go clean up a 50 foot string of poop in front of a neighbor's house. Trooper just couldn't wait until we got back to our arena...

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post #28 of 30 Old 11-08-2013, 06:23 PM
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I used to not let my horse stop to poop. We do go to a few shows each year and I'd hate to lose points because he had to go

However, a few months ago my barn got new footing in the arenas and instituted a "no poop" policy (clean up after your horse if he poops in the arena to keep the footing nicer) and it's so much easier to pick up after him if he stops. I do, however, make him move on and finish whatever we were doing before I stop to clean it up. The last thing I want is to teach him that pooping means less work for him Fortunately, he doesn't poop in the arena all that often, and when he does it seems to be during lessons and my trainer goes to clean it up for me!
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post #29 of 30 Old 11-08-2013, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by bsms View Post
which is why I just had to go clean up a 50 foot string of poop in front of a neighbor's house. Trooper just couldn't wait until we got back to our arena...
Our leases are usually pretty decent about waiting until we're home..but sometimes, not so much. ;)

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post #30 of 30 Old 11-08-2013, 09:17 PM
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I never let them stop unless they have to pee. This summer at the camp I worked for, all of the horses knew that if they pooped/peed, they were allowed to stop working. It drove me NUTS that the instructor/owner was totally fine with letting the horse stopped, especially because if one horse was going, the others had to be stopped too. UGH that was annoying.
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