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post #1 of 13 Old 09-27-2013, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Pooping in the water bucket?

Is this normal? We have a boarder horse at the barn I board/part time work at. Every time I go to fill his water bucket there is a steaming fresh pile just floating in there. I swear he waits for me to come around with the hose to "pop a squat" so to speak. I have never encountered this before, is it normal, or is he just a weirdo?
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-28-2013, 12:07 AM
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There are a couple of horses where I board that do that. They're just weird animals.
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-28-2013, 12:10 AM
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Yes, who knows why. The buckets have to be hung above the level of the pooper shoot level.
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post #4 of 13 Old 09-28-2013, 12:10 AM
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my guy poops in his water...in his hay rack, hell even back up and drop a load in the wheelbarrow. their just weirdos

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post #5 of 13 Old 09-28-2013, 12:15 AM
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I've got one that drops in the bucket. In her case it's because the bucket is hung at the right catching height when she turns and stands for her late night nap. I've given thought to raising the bucket but that would make it pretty high and not the most comfortable for her to drink it. On the plus side, I'm quite skilled at cleaning out the bucket quickly now - if you grab a handful of straw or hay and give it a couple of twists it makes a nice little improvised scraper to get all the manure out.
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-28-2013, 12:21 AM
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You could also relocate the buckets in the stall. Or have the bucket hung outside the door if you have that kind of situation.
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post #7 of 13 Old 09-28-2013, 02:18 AM
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That's nasty, isn't it? My daughter's evil mare did that to the water trough when it was -40, the trough was full as well. I couldn't dump it as it was too heavy, so I had to hand bail it out until it was light enough I could tip it over. My hands froze and cracked & blistered from the cold. Later on I realized there was a drain plug in the trough, that made me more angry at that horse. Anyways, I swore if that nasty cow did that again, she could drink poopy water, she didn't, not on my watch anyways.

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post #8 of 13 Old 09-28-2013, 02:35 AM
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Sounds more like a blessing than a problem! Add a flushing mechanism and you done got yourself a potty trained horse!
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post #9 of 13 Old 09-28-2013, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds more like a blessing than a problem! Add a flushing mechanism and you done got yourself a potty trained horse!
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LOL! Too bad it's just a bucket hung on a wall. It's kind of a pain, I am all ready to fill his bucket and find it half full of water with a swimming pile of floating doody. So, I have to shut off the hose, unsnap the water bucket, walk it all the way down to the manure pile, dump it, walk back up, turn the hose back on, wash it out and then hook it back on the wall and fill it. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY!
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post #10 of 13 Old 09-28-2013, 06:38 PM
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It's worse with corner feeders
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