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MYSTERY OF LIFE: Why do my horses like to poop in their heated water buckets?

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  • MYSTERY OF LIFE: Why do my horses like to poop in their heated water buckets?

    Before I had heated buckets, my horses never pooped in their buckets. Ever.

    Now, I am cleaning 3-4 poopy buckets a week, from a variety of my 4 horses. They apparently love pooping in a nice warm bucket of water! WHY!?! How is that fun?!?!?!

    I think they know just how much work it is to get the bucket out, feed the cord through the wall, disinfect, and put it all back, when normally I can just dump the old water into a regular bucket and wipe the bucket out with a clean cloth every day.

    So. Annoying.

  • #2
    Because the warmer water creates the steamy aroma of Poop Soup? Nothing smells more comforting than walking into a barn with fresh Poop Soup on the stove.
    Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans


    • #3
      Because a heated water bucket is as close to a bidet as they will ever get.


      • #4
        lawl. I was going to say something about they like the feel of the warm water splashing their bums? I had a mare that would do that. Watched her do it once, she deliberately backed up to the bucket. Tried moving bucket to different spot, she'd still back up to it. I figured it was her way of saying "This water is more than an hour old. I demands fresh waters!"

        the real reason..we may never know
        Owned by a Paint/TB and an OTTB.
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        RIP In Sha' Allah ~ 2009 too young at 5


        • #5
          Originally posted by mjrtango93 View Post
          Because a heated water bucket is as close to a bidet as they will ever get.

          They think they are at a European barn for the winter!


          • #6
            Seriously!!! me too! have one horse who does this, changed bucket locales all over the place. Finally....ding,ding, ding....I hung heated bucket on her side wall up high, just about even with top of her tail, that was the end of that!! Thank goodness!!!


            • #7
              I think a horse poops in their water bucket and/or feed bucket because they do not respect their home!


              • Original Poster

                LOL, is there a way to instill such respect in them, Ozone? Do I need to tape a carrot stick to my water buckets?


                • #9
                  Are y'all unaware of the Protest Poop? I've a whole line of mares who will fill their buckets if you don't turn them out (or are the least bit late at getting to it). One will poop in the water tank in the pasture (why, though, I have no idea).
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by fordtraktor View Post
                    LOL, is there a way to instill such respect in them, Ozone? Do I need to tape a carrot stick to my water buckets?
                    hummm... oh boy is there anything else to try but thee carrot stick? Please say yes


                    • Original Poster

                      A cattle prod I guess, but I do want them to drink the water! I guess my horses will never respek' my barn.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mjrtango93 View Post
                        Because a heated water bucket is as close to a bidet as they will ever get.

                        Very first thing that crossed my mind as well!
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                        • #13
                          One of our geldings will poop in his water bucket if he thinks you're late to feed in the morning. At first I though it was just a random thing, but then we noticed that he usually pooped in it on weekends, when I have the nerve to feed at 6:00 AM rather than 5:30!
                          ~ A true friend knows all there is to know about you and still likes you. -E. Hubbard


                          • #14
                            I would have to say mares seem to be more prone to the pooping in the bucket thing than geldings from my experience.
                            Its is there version of having a cottonelle wipe
                            Maybe they just are making a point they want there buckets cleaned often. There clean freaks.
                            "Ask often, demand little, reward generously"
                            " Every horse has a chocolate side"


                            • Original Poster

                              I only have geldings. And they are taking turns with this pooping nonsense. It's like Musical Poops in the barn these days. That or they are all going on strike, evidenced by their bucket pooping. Insane! They can't be protesting their working conditions -- there's nothing to protest, it's been too cold and the snow too deep to really ride for a month!


                              • #16
                                I'm in good company! I can't believe that others beat me to the bidet comment! First thing I thought of....


                                • #17
                                  The horses are trying to do you a favor and you just don't appreciate the effort this good deed requires. They think your arm muscles need work and they are giving you a way to do this. There is nothing uglier than floppy arm muscles and they are preventing this awful thing from happening to you.
                                  You can't fix stupid-Ron White


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by fordtraktor View Post
                                    LOL, is there a way to instill such respect in them, Ozone? Do I need to tape a carrot stick to my water buckets?
                                    lol you just inspired me to draw a cartoon.
                                    Owned by a Paint/TB and an OTTB.
                                    RIP Scoutin' For Trouble ~ 2011 at 10
                                    RIP Tasha's Last Tango ~ 2010 at ~23
                                    RIP In Sha' Allah ~ 2009 too young at 5


                                    • #19
                                      Carlos should have a video conference with your horses. He will have them channel their spot-pooping instinct in productive ways. For instance, he can poop directly into a flower pot, which is fertilizer!


                                      • #20
                                        Maybe like a warm toilet seat for us?
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