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To think that horse owners as well as dog owners should have to take their animals poo home with them?

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deaconblue · 05/05/2011 18:43

I live in a suburban, residential estate. Recently a woman has started riding her horse through the housing estate. Consequently big piles of horse poo are left on the road. Everyone locally takes their dog poo away so aibu in thinking she should have to collect the horse poo? (obviously would not be safe to get off horse and bag it up but horses with carriages have poo bag arrangements tucked under their tails that she could try)

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BeerTricksPotter · 05/05/2011 18:44

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LyingWitchInTheWardrobe2726 · 05/05/2011 18:49

Bag it up and sell it for £'s... I often see it for sale. Haven't seen bags of dog poo for sale...

ellifino · 05/05/2011 18:50

YABU. Horse poo is innoffensove, not smelly and not toxic.

Dog poo is completely different.

hephaestus · 05/05/2011 18:50

Horse poo isn't dangerous to human health (unlike dog poo), doesn't have a foul smell and is large enough that you can't exactly step in it by accident. Round here people follow you about with shovels, waiting to collect it for their roses. Grin

Chloe55 · 05/05/2011 18:50

Horse poo is generally in the road (where kids shouldn't be playing) and is not as harmful or pungent as dog poo. Not pleasant to see but I don't think it causes as much upset as say, stepping in dog turd.

usualsuspect · 05/05/2011 18:54

Its still shit though ..shit is shit

nannyl · 05/05/2011 18:55

OP i agree with you Smile

Eve · 05/05/2011 18:56

(obviously would not be safe to get off horse and bag it up but horses with carriages have poo bag arrangements tucked under their tails that she could try)

love to see you try and ride a horse with that on.

Bogeyface · 05/05/2011 18:57

I agree. There is always loads of it around us as we are rural and there are 2 riding schools very close. It might not be as toxic etc as dog poo, but shit is shit and shouldnt be left on the road.

Snorbs · 05/05/2011 18:58

Horse poo is dangerous to human health if it's in the road and you're on a bicycle or motorbike.

Every other road user can be prosecuted for dropping stuff onto the road surface - including, in theory if rarely in practise, farmers dropping loads of mud off their tractors - but apparently horse owners are above that particular law.

TheArmadillo · 05/05/2011 18:58

yanbu - I have said this to dh several times recently.
Here they leave it all along the cycletrack accross the width of the path. SO you have to either try and lift the buggy over or wheel it through. I take the buggy into the house and I really don't want shit of whatever kind wheeled into the house.

Oh and they also do leave it spread all over the pavement so you have to walk into the (busy) road to get past.

It really pisses me off. In the countryside maybe you can get away with it but I'm not in the countryside.

southeastastra · 05/05/2011 18:58

when i was on holiday i saw a horse rear up, frightened by a roller coaster at a fairground, it shit itself and the smell was something that you wouldn't forget in a hurry. (thought i'd say as horse shit can be blardy awful)

MsScarlettInTheLibrary · 05/05/2011 18:59


The logistics of collecting horse poo are just ridiculous.

Are you really suggesting she rides a horse with a bag of poo dangling round its nethers?

Perhaps she should dismount and collect it and store it in some kind of saddlebag?

Should she carry a shovel or just pick it up with her bare hands?

Horse poo is non toxic and pretty useful. It does not carry zoonotic disease. Horses have a right to be on the road and sometimes they poo. Cars sometimes drip oil, should we make people pull up on the side of the motorway and scrub the road?

BarbarianMum · 05/05/2011 18:59

YABU - horse poo is nothing like as noxious as dog poo and is, I assume, on the road not the pavement.

Used to live near a football stadium and any 'offerings' from the police horses used to be whisked away by local gardeners.

CandiceMariePratt · 05/05/2011 19:05

I would say of all the animal poo in this country horse is probably the nicest and if it is on the road then I wouldn't worry about it.

Bogeyface · 05/05/2011 19:14

Perhaps she should dismount and collect it and store it in some kind of saddlebag?

Yes, why not?!

LuckyWeKeptTheCot · 05/05/2011 19:16

My dad used to take us out at weekends to scoop up horse poo from the woods and take it home to our suburb for the roses. Make the most of it.

StuckinTheMiddlewithYou · 05/05/2011 19:17

Don't be daft.

Grab shovel, apply to garden/compost heap.

GypsyMoth · 05/05/2011 19:21

i have a mental image of the 'buckaroo' horse now....with various bags and shovels hanging off it!!![grin}

AlpinePony · 05/05/2011 19:22


  1. How big do you think the pockets in her breeches are.

2. The streets are littered with poo? Hmm Don't exaggerate dear, she's not riding up and down 50 times a day leading 100 Thelwell ponies and feeding them from nosebags ffs.
MsScarlettInTheLibrary · 05/05/2011 19:25

What will she do with the horse, Bogeyface? Whilst she is picking up the poo?

Will she carry a leadrope along with the shovel so she can tie him up? How would your suburban, residential estate deal with a horse tied to your gatepost and your garden walls used as mounting blocks?

That's assuming the horse is happy enough in traffic to be trusted being left. Aside from the complete pavement block a horse stood at the side of the road would create, imagine the attention from local kids etc.

I can imagine many situations - ripped up fence posts, loose horse in traffic, complaints from residents, blocked access, kicked children who do not understand how to approach a horse or what the ribbon means, horse swivelling round the post and destroying prize roses in the garden, not to mention the rider being knocked down by crouching in the road.

That's why. Generally.

Whaddayouknow · 05/05/2011 19:26

Get off, pick up horse poo in placky bag and remount?

Are you serious? Ever tried dismounting, picking up poo and then mounting on a road?

Bogeyface · 05/05/2011 19:27

No I havent, thats why I asked Hmm

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OTheHugeManatee · 05/05/2011 19:29

I think that's a great idea. While we're at it, let's make all road users bag up their emissions and take them with them. Afer all, petrol and diesel fumes are much more toxic than horse poo.

Can't wait to see all the cars on your estate with little bags over their exhaust pipes Grin

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