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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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Snorbs · 05/05/2011 19:30

MsScarlett, if your car drops a significant amount of oil across the road surface you can be prosecuted for it. It wouldn't surprise me if you (or your insurers) got the bill for cleaning it up, either.

MsScarlettInTheLibrary · 05/05/2011 19:42

Excellent Snorbs. But I think you'd agree it's not always safe to park up and start cleaning the road, which was the purpose of the comparison

jade80 · 05/05/2011 19:47

What a ridiculous idea.

  1. Horse poo is not dangerous, unlike dog poo.

2. Can you really think it reasonable for someone to carry a large horse poo while riding?!

3. Why not just pick it up with a shovel and put it on your garden. If not, it will soon wash away. It's just grass.

Yes, you are being totally unreasonable!
TheDailyWail · 05/05/2011 19:48

My dearly departed grandad got pulled over by the police once and they asked what was in the package on the seat next to him. He said "shite" and, sure enough, when they looked it was shite!


jade80 · 05/05/2011 19:51

And bogeyface-are you one of those irritating townie types that moves to the country then bitches incessantly about horse poo, cow poo, cows mooing, cockerels making a noise in the morning, the smell of muck spreading on fields, tractors stopping you doing 60 down country lanes? Nothing wrong with townies, but those that live in the countryside then whinge about things that come with the countryside are just annoying beyond belief.

usualsuspect · 05/05/2011 20:00

Its still shit though

bubblecoral · 05/05/2011 20:00

YANBU, I agree completely.

If it's too difficult or just not practical to pick up horse poo, then don't ride them on the road. Simple. Put them in a horsebox and ride them in fields or something.

Who's to say it's not offensive? I find it offensive, and I certainly wouldn't want a steaming great pile of it outside my house. I don't have, or want roses. I would find it much easier to clear up someone elses dog poo than someone elses horse poo.

Just another example of pet owners being selfish and justifying it to themselves. Much like cat owners Wink

GrimmaTheNome · 05/05/2011 20:01

Surely the answer is simple... the rider should make sure her horse has 'been' before they go out. Grin

My mother used to tell me that her brothers were always sent out pronto with a shovel if a horse pooed in front of their house (prewar, quite a lot of horses even in towns) to get the prized substance before the neighbours.

I think you're meant to let it rot down, not apply straight onto the garden - so, make a pile and enjoy your roses!

maddy68 · 05/05/2011 20:06

horse poo is grass - no meat in that stuff!
it decomposes within hours. There would be more accidents if a rider got off there horse to scoop it up, no-one wants a riderless horse on the roads!

Snorbs · 05/05/2011 20:07

MsScarlett, if you can't safely deal with it yourself then what you're supposed to do is report the fact that your vehicle has caused a hazard on the road so it can be dealt with before an accident occurs. You're not supposed to just throw your hands up and ignore it.

GrimmaTheNome · 05/05/2011 20:08

Bubble, the roads existed for horses long before cars were invented. The idea of driving your horse somewhere to ride it offroad is pretty weird. (I'm not a horsey person myself, btw)

Bogeyface · 05/05/2011 20:09

Sorry to disappoint you Jade but I have lived in this village all my life, and couldnt be less "townie" if I tried! I have never ridden a horse as I have an allergy btw.

Bogeyface · 05/05/2011 20:10

And insulting people isnt the best way to gain their understanding either Jade

Mspontipine · 05/05/2011 20:15


"I would say of all the animal poo in this country horse is probably the nicest"

Love it!! I would def agree!! (Love the statement, don't mean I love poo Hmm !)

ExitPursuedByALamb · 05/05/2011 20:17


The horse was here before the car.

Horses have right of way on the road (I believe)

Horse poo is not in the least offensive - it is just grass. Dog and cat (and human) poo is offensive because they are meat eaters.

A rider will know when her horse if doing one because either the horse stops or you feel the muscles moving through your seat.

I am sure the lady in question would rather be riding somewhere else other than through your estate but perhaps it is the only route she can take.

jade80 · 05/05/2011 20:17

usualsuspect- yes it is still shit. But the relevant point is that it is not dangerous shit, unlike dog shit, to which it was compared in the OP.

Bubblecoral, you response makes it clear that you have no idea what you are on about.

Bogeyface, that's ok then- I had visions of you being an utter nutcase like one or two I've come across! Apologies if you're offended- as it doesn't apply to you (as it turns out) then you shouldn't be! I'm not really after 'understanding' though so no worries!

GypsyMoth · 05/05/2011 20:18

Shock' feel the muscles moving in the seat'!!!!!!

oh lovely!!

LeonardNimoy · 05/05/2011 20:18

It may be shit, but it's a lot less noxious than the emissions from all the cars on the roads as well. The horse is a mode of transport and the rider has as much right to use the public highway with this as in a car.

I wonder if the OP ever goes walking on publi footpaths that cross country? Can't help wondering how she copes with cow pats?

Whaddayouknow · 05/05/2011 20:19

Horse poo can't blind a kid.

Jaspants · 05/05/2011 20:24

Actually, why do horse riders ride on the road? (Genuine question, not being arsey)

Given that some drivers are bastards don't slow down for horses, aren't bridleways be a safer option?

TurkeyBurgerThing · 05/05/2011 20:28

Horse poo has fewer toxins and nasties in it than the soil in your garden.

SmethwickBelle · 05/05/2011 20:29

Horse manure in urban areas is generally on a road - so I am not that bothered about it as there is a pavement for pedestrians. I or my children aren't likely to step in it or inadvertently ingest it.

ohmyfucksy · 05/05/2011 20:31

YABU, horse poo is just grass and you can easily avoid treading in a massive pile of it

usualsuspect · 05/05/2011 20:32

Still not nice to leave a big pile of shit in the middle of the road ..I don't care how nice it is

SarahStratton · 05/05/2011 20:32

FPMSL @ this thread.

If I got off BigHorse to collect a poo I would never manage to climb back on without a mounting block.

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