Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I Almost Got Proof

I'm always bragging about how smart Bombay is.

He's such a neat and clean horse too. When I am shoveling manure in the paddock, he walks up to the manure wagon, takes a whiff...

...turns around, walks alongside it...

...backs into it, lifts his tail, and...

...then my nosy neighbor comes out of her house, makes a noise, and Bombay drops his tail and spins around to see who interrupted his private moment. This woman has ruined more of my photo shoots with her incessant need to always be in my business. I glared at her and said, "Well, that's another photo shoot ruined."

She disappeared into her own paddock, since she always has to do the exact same thing I do, which at that moment was scooping poop. Bombay then settled for his backup plan to poop directly into my manure fork...

Whatever works, as long as it cuts out some extra labor.

7 comments:

Sydney said...

My one barn theres a horse who pooped int he wheelbarrows. Horses generally poop in one area if left to their own vices. Ours all poop in one corner. Horses also will poop on undesirable grasses or weeds in a paddock. It's their natural way of killing off bad forage. Pooping in one spot and pooping on bad plants are instinct for a horse. Horses kept in stalls regularly have little grasp of this concept, especially when just turned out for the day. They poop where they are and it creates a lot more work in turn.

Mikey said...

please, PLEASE come train my horses to do that. That's handy!!!

Katharine Swan said...

Sydney, it may depend on the horse. Panama was pastured for the first 2+ years of his life, and from the first time he saw a stall at 2 years 3 months, he was terribly messy in it! He poops wherever he is, walks right through it, etc. -- yet he has enough sense that he'll pick a clean place to lie down. In fact, he used to wait until I came to clean his stall every morning before he'd lie down to get his REM sleep!

Leah Fry said...

A potty-trained pony. Now that's something we all could use! Mine aren't that cooperative.

Anonymous said...

IME horses will have the same elimination habits their dams did. I've 43 years of horse keeping experience and 38 years breeding and foal-raising experience. A tidy mare has a tidy foal; a messy mare has a messy foal. But as a generalization, geldings tend to be more adaptable to our systems.

Your neighbors really creep me out. Good for you for saying what you did - were you loud enough for her to hear? I hope so!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Anonymous - Who knows if she heard? This woman is the master of pretending like she doesn't see or hear me, yet it's really obvious that she's spying and eavesdropping on me. For a while there, every time she came outside and copied what I was doing, I'd say, "Monkey see, monkey do..." and she'd scurry off. Then one day she turned around, put her hands on her hips, and glared at me for a change. Ultimately, all these insults are meant to discourage her from stalking me, but she's got some kind of O-C Disorder that makes her keep coming back for more. When she acts normal and just does her own thing without trying to hide behind objects or trespass on my property, I'm nice to her.

All - Regarding poop habits, all of my horses were raised the same way in the same environment and they all have different bathroom habits. Bombay is very clean and poops in the two far corners of his stall keeping the majority of the floor clean for sleeping. Gabbrielle poops just on the right half of her stall and tries to bury it. Lostine poops and pees over every square inch of her stall and kicks it around. If I leave a stall door unlocked, she'll open it with her nose and go inside specifically to do her business inside instead of out. I think she likes the warmth. I don't know how all their dams were.

fernvalley01 said...

What a goo boy ! way better than the dude here who often poops in the water tank!