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When Santa visits one particular naughty horse and leaves presents

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  • When Santa visits one particular naughty horse and leaves presents

    Last week, after 11 years, 10 months and 15 days of extreme stall (every.stinkin.day.he.was.in.a.stall!) messiness since he was born........Like magic, Pig Pen suddenly woke up on the right side of his stall. He had had a light bulb moment! (Or was it Santa doing a little early magic?). Whatever it was, it was a miracle! Overnight he suddenly learned how to eat out of a hay net like a big horse! But wait! There's more! Not only after 11 years, 10 months and 15 days of chewing through hay nets or pouting because he couldn't figure out how to get the hay out did he suddenly learn how to use a hay net properly (You know, without eating the net itself or ripping holes in it! Actually EATING the hay!), he also was suddenly.........

    Wait for it!

    POTTY TRAINED!!
    Not a poop in sight!

    After all of these years, he learned to poop and pee outside in the run! Sure, it took him 11 years to figure it all out. Better late than never! For the last 5 days Pig Pen has kept his stall spotless! No poop, no hay stems peed on, no pee, and two empty haynets in the morning.

    There really is no other explanation for this wonderful stall tidiness gift! I mean, come on! Otherwise, how could Pig Pen abruptly learn such exceptional (even tidier than the mares) organizational skills? It must have been the magic of Santa Claus!



    The End

    (Even if this "gift" is short lived, these were the best d*nm 5 days in a long time, I swear! It's like Christmas the last 5 mornings when I got PP's stall, it's spotless and he ate every drop of his hay from haynets!)

    Miracles DO happen, and this certainly was a miracle! Best Christmas present ever! Thank you Santa and Pig Pen!



    Happy Holidays!
    Last edited by Color of Light; Dec. 25, 2019, 01:41 AM.

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    I would be more apt to think that he was being an extra good boy preparing for Santa, so he gets what he was wanting so badly as to be extra careful to keep his room tidy.

    A guess what he is waiting for and if Santa did bring it las night?

    Will he now keep that good boy stuff up, you think?

    Always thankful for small favors, Merry Christmas!

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    • #3
      Go, Pig Pen!

      I like to think my horses heard me ranting about them using one stall as the Men's Room & fearing for my sanity, decided to humor me by pottying outside for the most part.
      Unless weather is nasty, I rarely need to pick more than a single pile (per horse, sometimes they share a stall) from each stall.
      I've even witnessed outside peeage when they see me coming to feed.
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        #4
        Originally posted by Bluey View Post
        I would be more apt to think that he was being an extra good boy preparing for Santa, so he gets what he was wanting so badly as to be extra careful to keep his room tidy.

        A guess what he is waiting for and if Santa did bring it las night?

        Will he now keep that good boy stuff up, you think?

        Always thankful for small favors, Merry Christmas!


        Yes! I'm thankful for the little things and small favors!


        Santa brought him just what he wanted:

        1/2 flake of "Christmas Special Desert Alfalfa" (3rd cutting instead of his usual thicker stemmed 1st)
        A new salt block!
        Carrots
        Sugar cubes
        Homemade horse cookies
        And his very own new tube of dewormer!

        I think he's really on to something with this stall tidiness trend!


        Merry Christmas to you too, Bluey!
        Last edited by Color of Light; Dec. 25, 2019, 08:18 PM.

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          #5
          Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
          Go, Pig Pen!

          I like to think my horses heard me ranting about them using one stall as the Men's Room & fearing for my sanity, decided to humor me by pottying outside for the most part.
          Unless weather is nasty, I rarely need to pick more than a single pile (per horse, sometimes they share a stall) from each stall.
          I've even witnessed outside peeage when they see me coming to feed.


          Rah, rah, rah Pig Pen! Maybe that fateful night he was visited by the three spirits of Christmas: Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens). Then he woke up a changed man, I mean gelding.

          Men's Room!? Haha! Boys will be boys!

          Yours will do outside peeage when they see you coming? Lucky you! One mare in particular will drop everything and pee on the spot almost every time, stall or pasture. How does that work anyway? How is it that they see their special human and suddenly need to urinate?

          Funny thing here about the weather. There was some wind and precipitation the very night this started, and either or both every night since. When he got the urge to go, somehow his little Pig Pen brain was able to reason. He was able to make the decision to leave his newly mastered haynet eating, walk outside and do his thing. Over and over and over. He turned a new leaf (flake), so to speak.

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          • #6
            Can your Pig Pen come talk to my Pig Pen????? She will walk all the way out of her ( very large) pasture to poop in her stall when she has to go. I don't give her a lot of shavings because if I do she will come in to pee also. Since she sleeps outdoors anyway I don't feel guilty about that. And her hay is always in a net - otherwise she would pee in it when she is in the stall rather than go outside.

            My other mare was really neat. I say that in past tense. I was hoping she would rub off on the slob and both would be neat. No the slob made her messier.

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            • #7
              I hope this is the start of a trend and you have better cleaning days ahead, but I would also make sure all is well. A spooked horse is more apt to stay out in the paddock. We have two horses and a pony and I worry about changes I see when I clean their stall/paddocks every day. Did Pig Pen have shavings on him from sleeping in his stall? I love to see shavings in manes and tails in the morning. It means a happy, relaxed horse had a good night's sleep (or a nice roll, at least). Did his stall have that 'lived in' look?

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              • #8
                Y'All are blaming the wrong horse for stall messiness. Blame the Mares that had those babies and didn't teach them the basic of stall manners.
                I've discussed this with so many peeps over the years and we all came to this conclusion: Some mares are pretty lax about this. Maybe those baby horses spent their days at horsey daycare, but the ones who had fastidious momma's also
                became neatniks in their stalls, just like momma taught.
                I have both stall slobs and neatniks. You've all heard the comments about some mares being a good mother? Well stall
                cleanliness is just a part of this, but an important part.
                "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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                  Originally posted by Marla 100 View Post
                  Y'All are blaming the wrong horse for stall messiness. Blame the Mares that had those babies and didn't teach them the basic of stall manners.
                  I've discussed this with so many peeps over the years and we all came to this conclusion: Some mares are pretty lax about this. Maybe those baby horses spent their days at horsey daycare, but the ones who had fastidious momma's also
                  became neatniks in their stalls, just like momma taught.
                  I have both stall slobs and neatniks. You've all heard the comments about some mares being a good mother? Well stall
                  cleanliness is just a part of this, but an important part.
                  Interesting concept that.
                  We didn't stable our mares and foals, so didn't experience that.
                  Now those raised in our very large pastures did learn to use communal bathrooms in designated spots here and there, most of the time.

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