Horse poops in water and grain bucket

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  • XCountryCrazy Original Poster
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    My quirky gelding regularly poops in his grain and water bucket. The owners of the facility where I board tried moving him to a different stall, but he pooped in the aisle and his water bucket. Sometimes he will go several days without pooping in his buckets. I proposed buying a feed pan for his stall so that if he poops in his grain bucket at least he has a somewhat clean pan for the grain. The barn owners are not thrilled with the idea of having to enter his stall to pour the grain but I see no other potential solution. Is my quirky gelding oblivious or bored?

    BLB Racing
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    I have had this issue with some babies. What we do is hang the bucket on the outside of the stall gates. Usually we have only had to move the water buckets to the outside but there should be room for two water buckets and a feed tub. Not sure what style gates your stall has but we have the metal gates with a yoke so the horses can reach easily into their buckets but cannot poop in them:)

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Some horses are just strange. We have one boarder who will not pee in his stall, and poops on the windowsill. Another poops on the wall (I don’t know how she gets it to stick there). One possible solution for the feed tub is to remove it after each meal, so it isn’t there for him. No idea how to resolve the water bucket. I just used to have to clean mine daily.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Lizzie Lou
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    I thought about this awhile and came up with two ideas which I have no idea will work or are feasible, but here goes. Extra buckets so there are more to poop in… maybe cannot poop in all of them in a day or maybe one will be a favorite and bedding will stay cleaner. A horse diaper like driving horses have.

    riding for Christ riding for Christ
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    My horses do the same thing and I think sometimes they aim. But I don’t think there is anything you can do about it. Its just part of their personality.

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    My OTTB is also a weirdo in his stall. . . he does lots of strange things, but one of them is pooping in his feed bucket! He also poops in one corner and pees in another– it seems that if the poop corner is already full of poop, he goes in his bucket.

    Two things worked for me: we moved to a barn where the stalls are better kept, and they scrape the stall all the way down each day, completely removing ALL bedding, not just the dirty stuff. I have always removed any visible poop or pee, but having brand new shavings each day also seems to really help. I would say just make sure your barn’s stall care is up to your horse’s standards.

    The second thing that worked is hanging a “dummy bucket”. I actually have two dummy buckets– one for him to use as a toilet, the other filled with water for him to soak his hay (I know that’s a sign of ulcers; he’s being treated!). Our new barn also has a fixed “feed trough” like bucket thing which is shaped more like a feed pan and screwed into one corner of the stall– he doesn’t seem to poop in that. I even wonder if he used to poop in his bucket so he could swing it around and play with it– like I said, he’s a weirdo!

    Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lira Lira
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    it could be because you have a window on the opposite side of the stall and when the horse looks out of the window (and your horse might like to do so all the time) and when he/she needs to poop he/she doesn’t have a choice ๐Ÿ˜€ It could be also that your barn is not well-kept and there’s poop laying around on the floor on the time and he/she doesn’t like to poop somewhere where’s not clean. Some like to scratch their butt on the rand of feed/water bucket and while they do that they get the idea to poop right away. There are many options, they all do everything for a reason, there are no strange horses, there is always an answer!

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