I actually make mine stop when they poop because as mentioned in last post…I don’t want to pick up sections of poop, just one pile. I used to make my horses go forward when pooping, but it was torture and so when I made them stop when pooping, I found when I needed them to go forward like at a show, they seem to always comply. Maybe they think they’re getting away with something or I’ve just been lucky.
Make it your idea for the horse to stop when pooping and then go right back to work as soon as he’s finished. That’s what I do. Eventually they will get the idea its not a way to get to stop for a break. Don’t let him take advantage though…my friend’s horse slows like he’s going to poop and she halts him and then he doesn’t. It’s kind of funny that he’s so smart to learn that or rather to train my friend to do that. The horse is always trying to train us so remember that when you see him getting his way too much. You have to trick him into thinking its really your idea.