That’s right- I want to talk about poo.
Before you see visions of Southpark characters and goodness knows what else, settle down. What I’m interested in is stable habits.
As I’ve mentioned time and time again, Foster is a pig. This is of course all the more tragic considering that he is half white, but hey, I’ve complained about that before (and
definitely probably will again in the future). Unfortunately, Foster’s piggy habits do not stop at the mud pit. He’s also quite a messy stablemate.
This horse has the amazing habit of pooing right in the center of his stall, then trampling it to bits before making dead sure there’s not a single square foot of clean shavings left. This is no doubt the first step of many, which culminates in his laying down for the night in his poo-ridden bedding.
Horses of the past were much tidier. Ivan went stir crazy if in a stall at all, so I can’t speak for him. Merry was definitely a princess in her stall, and tidily used a corner to do her business. Mac the Haflinger stallion also used the corner approach.
After reading this article (chalk this one up to another bizarre thing pet owners do/read/google), some light was shed on these differences. It turns out there are behavioral patterns to this madness, in that stallions use ‘stud piles’ as ways of marking territory. While I don’t know how this translates to mares, it’s interesting to think there is a reason for the stall habits. So either my horse is completely neutral to mares (which he seems to be, not giving a damn about sharing fences lines/stall windows with mares), or he’s given up on life and is determined to become a slob.
What do you think? Is your horse a slob, or a tidy stablemate? Is there a method to your horse’s madness?