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    Peeing at feeding time???

    I'd love it if someone had an explanation for this one......

    I've noticed over the last couple of months that my big gelding will nicker when he hears me coming with the food bucket and then will immediately go to the back of his stall to pee.

    When I mentioned this to the BM...she took note and has started taking notice that he does it at every meal.

    Anyone else have a horse that does this and does anyone have any idea why food bucket=urinate?

    All of mine have done this forever. I figure they are just "making room" for more.


      Mine, too, often pee when they see me coming. Always have. It has little to do with feeding time, other than the fact that at least two barn trips per day are for feeding purposes. But they do it at other times, too. Open to interpretation, I guess--I figure that my appearance reminds them they have to go!
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        I have had several that did that same thing. Another urination "trigger" is when the stall is freshly bedded. They absolutely MUST urinate in the stall within seconds of being put in a freshly bedded stall. Returning the same horse to a just cleaned, but not freshly bedded stall does not trigger urination. Wierd.
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          I see it everyday. These horses are in most of the time and urinate as I get to their stall with their beet pulp. So it's not the bedding. It's time to eat again, and they need to make room.

          These horses eat all day, they get hay 4 times a day, there are a few that get concentrates a couple of times a day, and everyone gets beet pulp for their late afternoon/evening snack (tea time?)


            I have had two who did this every meal
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              Yep, here too.

              Mine came in the other night to pee in his freshly bedded stall

              if he's in for the night, the first thing he does when he sees/hears me come down for breakfast is pee
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                My last 2 mares have done this. Both live out in small pastures. They don't do it when they see me, but as soon as I open the grain bin. Neither one does it for regular feeding by the BO. So, for mine its definately a grain thing.
                Do not toy with the dragon, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup!


                  I have one colt turning two who always pees at feeding time. Quite a few of my others do also. I have always wondered why they do it also.


                    Mine too!!! whats up with


                      My three do it, but only started when a friend moved her pony here several years ago. The pony is gone, but they still pee before every meal. I go out multiple times a day, but they only pee before they get a bucket, not when I go out to let the mare out of jail or to give hay. They also have pee spots, and they will only pee in those spots.


                        My guy does this as well. I don't think he did it while boarded, but started once home and kept in paddock with shed.


                          Mine all do it. Come to think of it, so do I

                          How are they all, and you too?
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                            The feed time urinaters are dumping ballast.
                            You jump in the saddle,
                            Hold onto the bridle!
                            Jump in the line!


                              This is one of those questions I've always wanted to ask!


                                I have two TB's - they always - always pee right before am and pm feeding - they have been for years. They see me coming and they stop and do their business then meet me at the barn (they are out 24/7 and the barn is fenced inside their pasture). Everytime!
                                "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England


                                  I thought they were just happy and excited to see me with their feed. I have the same problem when I get excited and happy


                                    Originally posted by tveley View Post
                                    I have had several that did that same thing. Another urination "trigger" is when the stall is freshly bedded. They absolutely MUST urinate in the stall within seconds of being put in a freshly bedded stall. Returning the same horse to a just cleaned, but not freshly bedded stall does not trigger urination. Wierd.
                                    Yep....same here....which makes me wonder if it's a "This is my territory" thing.


                                      Originally posted by EqTrainer View Post
                                      Mine all do it. Come to think of it, so do I

                                      How are they all, and you too?
                                      They are ALL sound....including the big bay gelding!!!! You'll have to PM me, been wanting to see if you want to come teach some this summer at the farm. Gray mare is getting ready to make her hunter ring debut next month.


                                        One of mine does it, I just think he gets so excited.
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