I call horse shit!
October 31, 2011 12:38 PM Subscribe
Have you seen a successfully implemented rule requiring horse owners to clean up after their pets?
Another weekend of nice weather in the Bay Area, and another lovely hike. Delightful! But, as usual, in addition to climbing a ridge we also got to climb mountains of horse shit.
I have never had the slightest problem with the idea that I, as a dog owner, am required to clean up my pet's waste. In fact, I think it's a great rule. But I have never seen horse owners even acknowledge that their animals leave behind tremendous amounts of waste--often precisely in the middle of walking thoroughfares or trails. The one time that I asked a person on horseback if he intended to clean up the massive dump his horse was taking at the moment he literally laughed at me.
Leaving aside the notion that maybe horse feces is a special and exalted substance separate from the social standards applied to other fecal matter (or that there is something special about horses that means their owners should not bear responsibility for them), I am struck by the question of how to implement a rule requiring that these people not leave behind large piles of literal horseshit in the exact place that their neighbors and their families are hiking, camping, picnicking, or otherwise lawfully enjoying parks and nature.
So, my question: have this ever been pulled off? Would I be better off putting my energies into trying to get horses banned altogether? Or am I off-base for expecting people to take responsibility for the unsanitary and unpleasant waste produced by their pets?