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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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WhipMeIndiana · 05/05/2011 20:35

horse poo, is to me, like a dustbin
it is a bit stinky and ugly, but useful, and easy to ignore

dog poo carries disease.

usualsuspect · 05/05/2011 20:37

Easy to ignore ? A big pile of stinking shit is easy to ignore?

Whaddayouknow · 05/05/2011 20:37

There simply aren't enough bridleways.

SarahStratton · 05/05/2011 20:38

Sadly, bridlepaths tend to be connected to each other by... roads :( That's if you can find a bridlepath near you. And that it is in a rideable condition. They're not exactly number one priority on most councils budget list and they are often ripped up by bikers or idiots on quads.

pointydog · 05/05/2011 20:43

Everyone knows vegetarians' poo is AOK.

naturalbaby · 05/05/2011 20:43

pmsl at the seriousness of this thread!
there's a riding school up the road (i live in a town) and every now and then they ride all the horses through the town, always on a saturday, leaving huge piles of horse poo all over the pavements - yes, they ride on the pavements for some of the way. i then have to dodge it with the buggy on monday morning on the way to toddler group.
maybe a suggestion that dogs and cats become vegetarian so their poo becomes less offensive will shortly follow? then the stroppy gardeners could just dig the cat poo into their borders or add it to their compost heap.

welliesandpyjamas · 05/05/2011 20:44

Where do we stand on paths through a public park that is used by walkers, cyclists, dog walkers, and horseriders?

WhipMeIndiana · 05/05/2011 20:45

usualsuspect - - yes! it is easy to ignore?
in our village it's in the roads, but generally after about a hour a number of cars have smooshed it flat, I'm busy looking at the sky...or in the neighbours' windows!! just don't register it

SarahStratton · 05/05/2011 20:46

Not in the poo, wellies :)

CluckyKate · 05/05/2011 20:47

Once upon a time there were no roads as we know them, only tracks, bridleways and byways. If you didn't keep building roads across our fields and byways then riders wouldn't need to use them....given the choice I would far rather stay off the roads.

Besides, it takes just one car to squish the poo flat and a bit of rain and, hey presto, the dung is gone!!!

welliesandpyjamas · 05/05/2011 20:48

Ha ha SS! Grin I walked straight in to that one (pun intended that time!)

maddy68 · 05/05/2011 20:49

in answer to why horses are riden on the roads rather than bridle paths is that these days so many bridle paths have been closed and generally you ave to ride to a bridle path to use them! lol

jade80 · 05/05/2011 20:49

Jaspants, sadly there are few bridleways and getting to most requires riding on roads first. Only the lucky few have direct access to off road riding or to a trailer to take their horse somewhere that does. Believe me, most riders are well aware of the dangers of riding on roads, some drivers are so careless.

Usualsuspects, so there are nicer things, yes you're right. But can you propose a workable solution? Or perhaps just accept it is not dangerous, degrades very quickly if left, and also gives gardeners free manure for their garden!

Cutiecat · 05/05/2011 20:55

YABU if a horse poos on the road by our house I am straight out there to pick it up for the garden. Horse poo is plant matter and really inoffensive.

What about those who race pigeons? Should they follow their birds cleaning up the poos as they fly along. Much worse that horse poo.

Leni75 · 05/05/2011 21:00

I have no problem with horse poo and me and DC's loving going to the horse stables up the road and feeding them and that means rolling the pushchair through loads of the stuff on the way there and back, but it doesn't smell and falls off quick unlike dog poo. I have a dog and always pick up after him as I think dog owners should. What gets my goat is the bloody cat owners...... so its perfectly reasonable to let your cat go off and shit anywhere BUT your own garden? I had to pick up a cat shit the other day by the sand pit in my local playground and there is often a cat asleep in the sandpit too, but HEAVEN FORBID I might take my perfectly reasonable dog on a lead through the playground...............................

emptyshell · 05/05/2011 21:10

I walk my dog in an area occasionally used by horse riders too. Of course you get the usual muttering about how you're personally to blame for every dog shit within a 30 mile radius, but the prats trying to pin the horse turd blame on me... yeah - not only has the dog suddenly become Attack of the 30 Foot Canine, but he's had an entire species change.

Isn't it EuroDisney where the horses have bags dangling under their arses to collect their droppings? Sure I remember that vaguely from a childhood visit

sue52 · 05/05/2011 21:13

YANBU Horse poo is useful stuff and decomposes naturally. In fact my horse's poo is so wonderful people actually pay me for the odd bag of shite.

GrimmaTheNome · 05/05/2011 21:15

I remember seeing those tailbags on carriage horses in Philadelphia. Can't remember exactly how they attached - presumably in part to the shafts which is why its feasible for carriages but not for ridden horses?

SpringHeeledJack · 05/05/2011 21:15

I do dogs and horses

I still retch sometimes while picking up after the dogs, but, to my mind, horse poo is laaahvely

GrimmaTheNome · 05/05/2011 21:22

TBH my dog's solid pellets are less smelly and sticky than some horseshits I've encountered - but neverthereless, dogshits on a pavement are a health hazard, horseshits in the road really aren't. (Horseshits on a pavement are another matter, that surely shouldn't happen. Horses are a form of transport which belong in the road)

SpringHeeledJack · 05/05/2011 21:25

what are you feeding your dog??


Mspontipine · 05/05/2011 21:26

Some dogs like to eat horse poo. Now that's not so nice Grin

Counterstrike · 05/05/2011 21:27

YABU....I go to a riding school, and we were told by the instructors to leave the poo, as gardeners will come by the paths to collect it for fertilization....also, how are we supposed to know they are doing a poo? I only realise when I am riding and hear a friend sniggering behind me.....

GrimmaTheNome · 05/05/2011 21:27

Royal Canin.

Apparently the main determining factor in what many people feed their dogs is the quality of resulting stool - but the market researchers were baffled for quite a long time because no-one would say so.

maighdlin · 05/05/2011 21:31

YANBU i don't live near horses but in principle i agree that they should clean up. its still a pile of shit no matter what you say shit is shit. if the owners don't want to don't ride in residential areas or roads. why should people have to look at piles of shit because of a few people?

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