My guys all poop when they are loaded into the trailer. I've tried leading them up to the ramp and letting them stand for awhile before loading, but nope, not until they are in the trailer, and the butt-bar is in place. They _are_ good about picking up one foot, then the other to allow me to clean it out; if I don't they really make a mess during the ride.
Poop seems like an important resource to my equines, and I allow them some say in it's managenent. My herd is on 24/7 turnout, with a nice barn/stalls to go into if they want. I don't know it it's because of this or not, but they rarely go potty in the barn, and only occasionally in the paddocks. They are all good about using the same general areas in the pasture to poop, probably 90% of the time. This makes it convenient for me to use the tractor to clean it up, oh yay! They also cultivate a community "Poop Pile" which is the preferred place for nappies, particularly in cooler weather; deep, soft, probably a bit warm from fermentation, and it smells right
I'll loosen this one up with the harrow when I drag the pastures, but I don't pick it up.
I have been using a manure spreader, but I have seen no benefits from this activity other than it disperses the waste. Over the winter I am going to build compost bins. This should simplify the manure chores, and I will either give the compost away, or spread it in the pasture.
Foto: "Nappies in the Poo"