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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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nijinsky · 05/05/2011 22:40

If you think my 12k warmblood showjumper is wearing a horse nappy, you're out of your mind! If you ever got it attached to him, he would buck and kick to remove it. Assuming you spent months training him to wear it, you would never be able to go out of a walk because it would bounce all its contents out onto the road it was supposed to be saving. And It would catch in his coat and hindlegs and possibly cause scouring. What a stupid idea. Makes you wonder how humans used horses as transport for the majority of their mutual history without such problems arising, doesn't it?

Personally, I think housing estates should be banned. They make people slightly crazy.

CaveMum · 05/05/2011 22:41

In Newmarket we have special by-laws for the horses. They have right of way and can do wrong Grin
If a car is damaged by a horse it's tough luck!

CaveMum · 05/05/2011 22:42

"can do no wrong"

TheDailyWail · 05/05/2011 22:45

Nijinsky - I am living proof that housing estates are bad for your mental health

wherearemysocks · 05/05/2011 22:46

If you want to see a road littered with horse poo then go down to the Mall some time after the changing of the guards, yet somehow everyone seems to still be able to carry on as normal - may be quite amusing though to see all the soldiers jumping off their horses to clear up after themselves! What if the horses pulling the carriages at the royal wedding left a deposit, we could have seen William and Kate getting out their shovels!

Oh and there are always many commuters and couriers on their bikes and motorbikes and they all seem to manage ok too. Wet manhole covers are hazardous than the odd pile of poo.

SarahStratton · 05/05/2011 22:48

Wow I'd love to live in Newmarket then. Me and BigHorse could have great fun careering through the town centre.

giraffesCantDanceWiOotBuckie · 05/05/2011 22:49

Id rather have horse poo than dog poo because dogs eat meat so thats meaty poo.

PonceyMcPonce · 05/05/2011 22:49

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Wordworker · 05/05/2011 22:49

The street where my sister lives has riding-school horses passing through most days, and as soon as one of them poos a resident will scurry out like a dungbeetle to scoop it up for feeding their garden. So the street is always shinily poo-free.

Horse poo is rather nice and fragrant, especially compared with dog poo.

AprilRose · 05/05/2011 22:53

YANBU in sentiment, but YABU in rational logistics.

I have a similar bugbear; the woods where I walk my dog seem to be oft frequented by persons a-horseback, who - due to the many practicality-based reasons mentioned in this thread so far - do not scoop their poop. My dog is mostly labrador, and as such is prone to eating almost anything. Hence my pleasant woodland walks are regularly spoiled by my own shouts of 'leave' everytime said dog nears a pile of horse poo. Let me tell you; the occasions when I'm walking other family members' dogs as well as my own PFD become quite chaotic, as I try to herd all the critters away from all the poos.

There is nothing worse than cuddling up to your canine companion and getting a whiff of partially decomposed horse shite. It's not pleasant. And, on top of all that, my girl's getting on a bit; her stomach tends to react poorly to changes in her diet.

BUT - there is no realistic way for horse riders to collect their steed's crap, so we anti-horse poo folk are just going to have to have our rant and then get used to the fact that our cars, bikes and buggies are to risk poo-traces on their tyres, and our dogs guts will be turned foul(er than normal) due to inappropriate walk-time snacks.

SarahStratton · 05/05/2011 22:53

I love the smell of horse poo Blush

jade80 · 05/05/2011 22:54

LOL at Poncey, Nijinsky and DailyWail!

nijinsky · 05/05/2011 23:22

AprilRose nearly all dogs of all types seem to be prone to eating horse poo. Also the bits of old hoof that the farrier trims off. It is one of the great mysteries of life. Why do they do it?

CluckyKate · 06/05/2011 08:16

Dogs also love rolling in fox-poo and no-one picks up after those pesky foxes or the deer, rabbits, badgers.....

SpringHeeledJack · 06/05/2011 08:23

fox poo is the most noxious substance known to man

every time I see it, I worry about their diets. Seems to be mostly fried chicken scraps and bits of off licence strupy carrier bags [violently sick emoticon]

I'm surprised Cameron hasn't got the kids on Community Payback picking it up. The really norty ones

SpringHeeledJack · 06/05/2011 08:25

eating a bit of old hoof for a dog must be similar to a human eating their toenails

sometimes dogs take the description 'omnivore' a bit too literally to my mind

GrimmaTheNome · 06/05/2011 08:34

Horses are ridden on the road. If they are on the pavement, they shouldn't be. A footpath is fine,...

er, no. Horses can totally ruin a footpath and make it unusable to walkers. Horses are allowed on roads and bridle paths (same as cyclists, in general).

Regarding bikes... surely they should be cornering at a safe speed to deal with whatever conditions may occur? There may be oil, mud, a patch of water, dropped rubbish, potholes - horseshit seems like the least of the potential problems.

GrimmaTheNome · 06/05/2011 08:36

Dogs will eat bits of their own claws, or human toenail clippings too, given a chance. Its all protein, isn't it?

Whaddayouknow · 06/05/2011 08:55

Nijinsky - I agree with every word!
My hunter would also seriously object to a nappy!
Newmarket - ooh, bliss!

Butterbur · 06/05/2011 08:59

For everyone who says how lovely and safe horse shit is, please don't try and tell me that horses do not have e coli in their intestines, some of which could include pathogenic strains.

Katiepoes · 06/05/2011 09:55

We have a lovely cycling path going to the coast, this time of year there are always people on horses and I HATE them. The crap is everywhere on the cycling path, and if you come up behind a line (or even a single rider) it's impossible to pass them as the path is too narrow to give them a safe berth. Nobody can understand why they don't use the road (a pretty quiet one too). I don't care if the poo is 'safe', it smells and makes a vile mess if you cycle through it.

This is in Holland btw where cycle paths are sacred, for some reason these horsey types get away with it. Although here you can buy horsemeat, maybe that's the solution mwhahaha?

(Not a 'townie' btw I grew up in Kildare in Ireland where horses are treated better than kids)

AlpinePony · 06/05/2011 10:06

Butterbur I'd suggest you don't eat it then.

Katiepoes I live in NL and I never ride on cycle paths. I'm too busy galloping past young families.

I noticed there was horse poop outside Westminster Abbey and on the Mall. Poor Katie-waitey, it ruined her day. Everyone went down with e-coli.

Katiepoes · 06/05/2011 10:15

Alpinepony please come here then and show those lines of riding school lovies and fat german tourists on their way to dig holes in the beach what to do. Then you can gallop to your hearts content on the beach and I'll grill you a paardewurst for when you get back.

GetOrfMoiCase · 06/05/2011 10:19

Horse shit from horse ridden through street - upper/upper middle shit

Dogshit on street from staffordshire bull terrier - working class shit

And therein lies the rub.

I don't give a shit, frankly. Horse manure has never been a problem ibn my life.

Mind you, a farmer in devon was prosecuted as he used to let his cows shit on a village street (they crossed the road from field to milking shed) and it was a tight hilly corner - caused lots of crashes and cars slid on the shit.

So shit can cause accidents, no shit sherlock.

(WHY is it so much fun to type shit shit shit so much in a post).


lol at self

SpringHeeledJack · 06/05/2011 10:38

Envy Envy Envy at posters in NL

on four legs and two wheels


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