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post #1 of 28 Old 04-01-2020, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Using horse manure catchers on trails

So I was browsing the internet, curious about peoples opinions on horse manure on trails. Now my personal opinion is quite simple; kick it off the trail if you notice, and be done with it. It's not really a big deal, especially since there's usually all kinds of other poop there anyways from dogs and wild animals. If you're of the mind that poop of any kind should be nowhere in nature, don't leave your house as you will be sorely disappointed. Of course, on trails meant just for equestrians, usually some poop is no big deal. But for multi-use trails, just kick it off. So I was looking through some mountain biker forums about the subject and WOW they HATE equestrians with a passion! I found it quite humorous to be honest. By comparison, hiker forums were quite chill with some horse poop on trails. Anyways, some people raised the question of why don't equestrians use those poop catchers that you can attach to the saddle.

Now the obvious answers for why not that I can think of are:

- You might not ride in a saddle
- You'd rather just leave the poop or kick it off the trail

But I was curious as to whether or not the horse can gallop/trot comfortably with the bag attached to them like that? Is rubbing a common issue? I couldn't find these answers anywhere so I wanted to ask them here.
If they aren't an issue, why don't more people use them? Especially since there's been a lot of talk in certain areas about banning horse riders due to manure being on the trail.
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post #2 of 28 Old 04-02-2020, 12:16 AM
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They have poop catchers for saddles?? The only ones I've ever seen are the ones that attach between the shafts of a cart of carriage when driving. I had no idea riding diapers were a thing.

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post #3 of 28 Old 04-02-2020, 12:29 AM
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I asked myself the same question when I started riding through suburbs and public walking trails. I was quite paranoid about getting yelled at by some upset jogger, and had also thought about the possibility of "horse diapers." I talked to my BO a bit about it, since she has been riding horses in this area for 30+ years, and said she has never had anyone get upset so long as she kicks it off the trail. And so far, that's the same experience for me.

I have been blessed with a horse who thinks it's funny to poop on the narrow walking bridge. So then I need to dismount, walk back, and kick it off the edge of the bridge while my horse patiently stands with me. Sometimes a few people accumulate on either end to wait for the crazy girl to finish kicking poop off the bridge. No matter how hard I try, there will always be some remnants left in the cracks of the wood. So far, no one has complained - they probably think it's a comedy act.

One time, she pooped right in someone's driveway right in the middle of the development we walk through to get to the trails. A middle-aged man walked onto the front lawn and, seeing me, said "Don't. Move." And ran inside. I thought "uh oh, this is the grand moment of shame I've been expecting." Turns out his wife just loves horses and he wanted to prove to her that he wasn't crazy when he said "Honey, there's a horse walking down the road!!" the week before turns out she has her own horse and was more than willing to shovel the poop for me, even though I offered to do it myself.
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post #4 of 28 Old 04-02-2020, 03:01 AM Thread Starter
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@Kaifyre
Yeah they do, and they look pretty funny as well. As far as I can tell there's ones for saddles, ones for carriages, and some that are kinda a hybrid of the two since they attach to the horse and carriage.

@Aprilswissmiss
Well I'm glad that you have not had any bad experiences! Where I am we have had some irate guy write an open letter in the newspaper about the "copious" amounts horse manure on public trails and one guy who was accosting people outside of the therapeutic riding association where I was about how people were leaving horse manure on the trails. He was mad since his dog ate some and needed to go to the vet because of it. He even yelled at someone on her horse! Luckily his dog, a german shepherd, was completely chill as he was screaming his head off. Not to mention we aren't the only people with horses on that particular trail, and that if you don't want your dog to eat poop, don't let him off leash. There's plenty of deer poop out there that you can't control. That being said, most people are lovely and are utterly entranced by the sight of a horse, like how I'm sure that that middle-aged lady was excited to see a horse on her road- even if it had just pooped in the middle of it.
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Long gone are the days when people would rush out to gatherna pile of horse poop to put on their garden!

Never had the problem in the UK and I certainly have never dismounted tomscatter a pile of horse poop. Different with dogs, I do Clan up after them.

I do know that anrace trainer tries these poop gathers on the horses in the stables. It was pretty disastrous. His horses stopped winning (except one horse owner refused to allow the catchers to be used on their horse) It also took two lads to remove the catcher every morning they were heavy.
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When I rode the streets of my neighborhood I would go back and clean it up if i knew where it was (after my ride) but honestly... drive over it - it will go away... LOL... (I know that's a horse people line of thought).

On trail? Eh... I ride on private trails or trails that are designated horse trails. They might be horse/people/bike but if they say horse then I don't worry.

The dog on the other hand - I either ensure he poops off the trail or - if he does poop on it, then I clean it. Horse poop isn't going to be missed. A hiker is going to see that. Dog poop - not so much....

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Something else to think about, you are on a ride and your horse poops three times, look at the weight he'd be carrying swinging about his back end as well as the volume.

If I had three poops in my pants I'd want to get home as fast as I could!
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post #8 of 28 Old 04-02-2020, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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That's very true, I would not wanna carry that around with me all day... I guess I was thinking more that the catcher would catch it, and then you would dump it off of the trail from the saddle if you could rig it that way. That's why I was asking if horses could gallop/trot comfortable enough in because I don't think I would with something hanging off my butt like that!
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post #9 of 28 Old 04-02-2020, 01:26 PM
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If my horse poops on a neighbours lane or close to their house I will go back and clean it up, if riding on trails where people walk I get off and kick it off the trail, have to remember to wear old boots on those days. I appreciate being able to ride on these properties and try to be respectful. After 60+ years of riding and on other people's property I have never had a complaint.
On trails where it is horses only I don't bother.
I do clean it off walkers trails as I don't want them complaining and thus leading to having the trails closed to horses

Some trails have been closed to horses and believe it or not still open to ATVs and these vehicles can do so much damage to a trail, they find a wet spot and roar back and forth until the trail is so cut up it's impassable, they can really mess up trails and to me that is a lot worse than a little horse poop.
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I have never ever thought of cleaning up horse poo from the trails I ride on. Many are multi-use, but more by quads and dirt bikes than by cyclists and hikers. I used to be an avid hiker and seeing horse poo on multi-use trails never bothered me. I'd rather step in a pile of horse poo than dog poo.

Depending on where we are riding, if my horse poos while tied to the trailer I may or may not clean it up. Many of the places I trailer to are considered 'crown land', and there are wild horses everywhere. So you'll see the large stud piles of poo....I figure it there is already horse poo there then I don't need to clean it up.

I don't ride through any neighborhoods though, so that could be tricky. All of my riding from my house is on gravel rural roads and I don't care if my horse poops on the shoulder.
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