Ahhhh Sh*t! Why do some horse's poop in their water drinker?

There's one horse on our yard who poops in his water drinker and it's beyond annoying! Every single day, without fail, you have to don your rubber gloves and scoop out the bits of poop from the drinker. There is literally a 'poop soup' in his water drinker ... it's so gross!

I'll be nice and save you from having to see any pictures of his messy little creation haha.

Unfortunately for us, it's actually quite a natural behaviour for horses .... which makes it so much harder to discourage them! Stallions, in particular, are known to poo near watering sites ...  which is why you often see piles of poo near a water source. It is not completely understood why stallions do it but its thought to be a form of communication and ''marking'' important and valuable resources.

Naturally wild horses will defecate near but not in the water. This can become more difficult when the horse is in the confined area of a stable .. so while aiming for the water drinker they can accidentally poop in it! Gross! Not a whole lot you can do to stop this kind of behaviour ... but best to grin and bear it while you're rooting out your rubber gloves :(


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