The Importance of Knowing Poop!

One day in March 2014, I was working with a 15 yr. old picking up poop. We raise horses, pick up our paddocks daily. So I was explaining why we do this to this young person and in a span of about forty minutes, was asked to explain the process three times. Training time is hard on me. The inexperienced do not understand why they do or are asked to do tasks. Poop for instance…..

Poop is not to be ignored! It just piles up and up! It tells the story of the horse’s health and so must be paid attention to. So, consider Lois Lerner. taking the 5th, her right and yet a perfect example of poor poop management. No matter what you call it…. it is a poop pile that is growing bigger and bigger and now contains an illness which we cannot remedy until we get a look at it. You never know;what you will find in the poop. Pieces of foreign matter, dead worms, live worms, bits of grain or other undigested bits. It may be firm of good poop color or loose and off color. It may have a healthy poop smell (in horses, this is typically earthy and pleasant to a knowledgeable horse person; however, it may be yellow greenish, have a strong acrid odor indicating some degree of intestinal upset. It may be hard little balls from too little water or mushy and green from moist spring grass.

Since the horse cannot take the 5th we examine the poop closely and we pick up every bit of it. Otherwise we have no way of knowing how to fix what isn’t healthy. Plus….if we do ignore the poop, it keeps piling up and up, getting larger and larger until one day the entire world is one big mountain of POOP! No one can move, let alone drive to the corner, because they are all stuck in poop! A good barn manager keeps everything clean and picked up. every thing has a place and a reason for being there. The Manager is ethical and responsible, his helpers know it and know the same is expected of them and their work. The horses thrive in this clean healthy environment.

Praise be to good poop management! ()Too bad those in Lois Lerner’s environment have followed her example of poor poop management.

Some thoughts to consider…..

About chocolatehorsefarmgypsyhorses

co owner of Chocolate Horse Farm, breeder and trainer of Gypsy Vanner horses.
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