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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Mucking out

The subject which looms large in horse owners lives, never gave much thought to it as you just got on and did it remembering not to breathe in much. But I had this young girl come round to help on Monday this week, the girl who made my horse rear when she made noises behind her the other week from her bedroom window. She was very attentive but was horrified at the way I muck out, because I mucked out twice aday and worse was besides using a fork was picking up poo by hand. She told her mom that I oicked up poo by hand and her mom who had primed her what questions to ask said yes horse owners did that you just got on with it remembering to wash hands before eating sandwiches. So my question is how many of us muck out actually by hand ?

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lydiarose

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lydiarose says:

Re: Mucking out

 We have messy horses and no bedding down throughout the day so right now its a scraper/brush, sweep pile into wall and put it into bucket.

In winter its the same, YO not very generous with bedding, just an armful of straw and that's to do them for the night, with rubber matting underneath. Fresh straw down every night, would love to have the luxury of a deep bed for my horse!

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Mucking out

I tend to use a shavings fork but if I have to I pick it up, generally try to remember to put the rubber gloves on though.  In my line of work (nursing) I have had many a worse thing on my hands, but being well versed on infection control etc I do prefer to have the gloves on whilst mucking out these days!

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Tommytank

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Tommytank says:

Re: Mucking out

ha ha - I think horse poo doesn't count - its not like dog poo or anything lol

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Vik1

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Vik1 says:

Re: Mucking out

Used to pick up droppings with gloves on when my old pony was on a straw bed when I first got him.  Mine have been on shavings for years.  I found it easier and less back breaking using a fork, plus its much faster.

I would never touch droppings without gloves, I hated it when it was still warm...eurgh!!  Give me the bokes.

and dont ever ask me to pick up dogs poo....even with gloves.  I wont even clean it up in the back garden with a wee brush and shovel.  I pretend I havent see them do it when I walk them.

yet I can wipe peoples botties without a problem (nursing)....and people thought Id find that the worst.

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melxvengeance

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Re: Mucking out

Vik1 said:

.  I pretend I havent see them do it when I walk them.

 


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you bad bad person!!!! LOL that made me giggle, i don't bother, i live out in the country so it's my land anyway. not that i walk my dogs, i'm not a dog person! 

but on the horse poo front, i wouldn't pick it up with bare hands, but using gloves doesn't bother me. horses only eat hay/grass/hard feed anyway, it's not like they go eating weird things like dogs do (incl. other dog poo!) but i don't do it. my shetlands are kept in right now so on straw, i don't have a straw fork so i use a shavings fork and this seems to pick everything up

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JustMe..x

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JustMe..x says:

Re: Mucking out

Our horses are kept out 24/7. When they were in a bigger field. When poo picking my friend used to think it would be very funny to pick the poo up by hand and he'd frow it at you. Very funny for him .. but for me and other friends lots of dodging out of the way and running around.

Horses didnt even care - they were too busy eating over the other side of the field.

I dont have stables but poo pick using a fork. With gloves on I wouldnt care lol

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JustMe..x

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JustMe..x says:

Re: Mucking out

Our horses are kept out 24/7. When they were in a bigger field. When poo picking my friend used to think it would be very funny to pick the poo up by hand and he'd frow it at you. Very funny for him .. but for me and other friends lots of dodging out of the way and running around.

Horses didnt even care - they were too busy eating over the other side of the field.

I dont have stables but poo pick using a fork. With gloves on I wouldnt care lol

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Mucking out

I also have 2 rescue cats Archie and Chloe but get my wife to deal with their accidents not in the litter tray which I hate cleaning, she dealt with my sons nappies when he was a baby I could not touch it yuck. Horse poo well thats different smell and texture you can tell alot about the horse and they are mostly vegetarian with the odd exception.

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VickyHardy

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VickyHardy says:

Re: Mucking out

i use a fork and pick it up with my hands, i like to put them to bed with a nice clean, straight, flat bed lol. if ive thrown my bed up and any drop out that the fork then misses ill pick up too, i always skip out with my hands when Colebrook was on box rest earlier this year but thats because i didnt want to cause her any more problems if i could help it as she was in for 16 weeks, and more often than not she was done 3 times a day lol Shrek is on straw at the moment and i use a shavings fork to get the poo out, straw fork to separate dry from wet bed and the shavings fork to get all the little bits, hay and straw seads out, anything missed its hands or dustpan and brush. But i dont ware gloves, i drop the fork lol xx

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: Mucking out

Mine live out so no mucking out in the stables ever day

However, if I'm doing a bit of field poo-picking or find a stray bit of horse poo I'll quite happily pick it up with my naked hands - it's only grassy stuff after all

 

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