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    How do your barns handle poop in the ring? Fancy footing is expensive, but mucking the ring is a pain.

  • #2
    "Fancy" footing or not, manure breaks down to a fine dust that is an airway irritant. It needs to be removed. Those of us who spend 8-10 hours in the barn 5-6 days a week, 50-odd weeks out of the year really do not need to be breathing that in all the time (OSHA would be aghast). Not to mention your horses.

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    • #3
      I don't think mucking out the poop is a pain if you do it one horse at a time.

      OP, what are you thinking of?

      When I was a kid, there was a 50/50 chance that the place you were riding would ask you to pick up after your horse. Now, I can't think of a place (English barn) where this isn't the rule. I guess and hope we are all now more concerned with the quality of our footing than we were when I was young.
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      • #4
        Our barn handles this very simply.

        If you are in a lesson, part of your fee goes to the staff's time to remove manure from the ring after each lesson ends.

        If you are riding on your own, pick up after yourself.

        Either way, manure is not to be left in the ring.
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        • #5
          We just do it every ride. If your horse poops, you clean it up when you’re done with your ride and everyone makes a point not to ride through it. If it is in an inconvenient location or I’m not in the middle something I’ll hop off quickly and pick it up so it’s out of the way. Doesn’t take much effort and reminds my horse that stopping doesn’t mean he is done for the day. If someone is on foot by the ring usually they are kind enough to pick up and if I finish my ride I usually pick up after myself and whoever else might still be riding, if necessary, on my way out. Doesn’t take long at all!


          • #6
            The above. Plus at our barn people will pick up a bit extra if they see someone has missed.


            • #7
              My barn requires poop pick up in the rings. Luckily my horse usually poops when walking around before entering the ring. If he does poop, it is in the beginning when we just start trotting. I let him stop so it is all in one spot to pick up. If I am just watching from the side I will pick up others poops as well. Unfortunately we have some rebels who refuse to pick up after themselves, so the guy who drags the ring has to do it.


              • #8
                I pick up if my horse poops in the ring, required or not. I don't like that it isn't the rule where I am now (at least, I guess it isn't - some days it looks like monkeys had a flinging poo fight in there). I think maybe the staff does pick up some before dragging the ring, but by then it is so pulverized, very little really gets removed. Knowing how much effort and expense goes in to nice footing, I'm surprised they don't pick up as it happens. Very few of the barns I've been at over the years have required it be picked up, and when they do, it was always a challenge to get people to actually do it. Just like there is always somebody who won't clean up the cross ties or wash rack.


                • #9
                  When you’re finished riding pick up your horses poop.

                  When lessons are given there’s always extra people on the ground to pick up poop/jump crew etc.


                  • #10
                    Umm it is common courtesy/common sense to pick up poop as soon as practically possible and try not to ride through it in the mean time. If i happen to be on the ground i go scoop it up for someone riding asnd most at my barn will return the favor. If solo just pick it up after...not sure what the big deal is or why you asked this to be honest.


                    • #11
                      We only require poop pick up in the indoor. In the outdoor the weather takes care of it, and I do think it is good for a horse to know it can ride through a poop pile. My indoor is rarely very busy, but we have a few horses that will poop multiple times a ride. If I am teaching I will clean up for anyone riding, but if riding outside of lessons, I expect people to ensure that the poop isn't ridden through and that it is not inconveniencing other riders, whether that means cleaning up at the end of the ride if it isn't in the way, or if you have to get off multiple times. Having a basket fork for cleaning poop up really helps...riders on short horses can sometimes scoop poop without dismounting!
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                      • #12
                        We have the horses wear diapers.


                        • #13
                          We are to pick up our own ponies poop, whether or not you are a boarder or lesson-er. Occasionally our coaches will do it, but it is our responsibility.

                          There is a large bucket in the ring to deposit it into, along with 2-3 shavings forks. Whoever is cleaning stalls dumps the bucket.


                          • #14
                            at most places I've boarded, there is a muck bucket in the corner of the arena. Riders are asked to pick up after their horses when they are finished riding. If everyone picks up after their horse, it never gets that bad.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SnicklefritzG View Post
                              at most places I've boarded, there is a muck bucket in the corner of the arena. Riders are asked to pick up after their horses when they are finished riding. If everyone picks up after their horse, it never gets that bad.
                              This is true at my barn as well, although in lessons my trainer or one of the assistants tends to go ahead and pick it up if a horse poops so that we don't all ride through it and make pickup harder!


                              • #16
                                At my barn the unspoken rule is that you clean up your horse's manure in the ring after you're done riding. Most people are good about this, and if they're not we throw them in the muck heap (just kidding). If it happens during lessons the instructor picks it up.
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                                • #17
                                  Well, with 30+ horses, if each one just makes one load of manure X 300 days a year is 9000 loads of manure. Damn right you need to pick it up. My staff doesn't know where your horse went - the rider needs to deal with it.


                                  • #18
                                    Our barn - pick up after your horse - aisle, washrack, arenas. Our "indoor" is just covered arena as we are in Florida. But the footing cost a potload.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Mukluk View Post
                                      We have the horses wear diapers.
                                      ?????????? I'm laughing.


                                      • #20
                                        At my current barn, we are required to pick up our horse's poop after we are done riding. Sometimes, someone on the sidelines observing will be kind enough to pick it up.
                                        I was at a barn a few years ago and they required that you got off immediately and picked up your poop or else they would charge you $25 and it was a pain. Well, my mare was quite clever and would poop just a bit at a time so that I would have to get off 6x a ride.
                                        On a side note though, my current gelding will not poop under saddle. Will. Not. Ever. No idea why, but saves me some effort.