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Cleanup service for riders and stables

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Jul 15, 2021
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This might be a bit niche, but it would definitely work where I live.

Towns like Houtbay, South Africa that is famous for their horse farms in and around the town are spoilt with magical scenes like the photo above. Yet, not all residents are really happy about the number of horses in town. They hold up traffic, aggravate dogs, but the most irritating of all is the amount of excrement all over the streets.

Unlike domestic animals, horses can not be trained to go to certain locations. They simply do it as they are walking. Looking at the size of a horse I'm sure you can also imagine how much waste is produced.

There are dozens of riding horses in Houtbay and it's a small town. These horses need to be exercised every day and they tend to excrete more than once on a trip. So in the summer months, when it's not raining, the amount of manure on the streets really is becoming a problem.

Currently, it's just left for nature to take care of, which doesn't take too long. Wind, rain and traffic tends to make a pile disappear within a couple of days, but by the time one is gone, there are two more to replace it.

My idea is for a service, funded by the different stables and riders in town, that simply follows the riders' routes and cleans up the mess. If a stable pays for the service, they can receive badges for their horses and riders to indicate that they are contributing towards the cleanup, which could do wonders for their relationship with the rest of the residents in town. Whereas any stable or rider that refuses to contribute will look horrible, as it would appear that they do not care about the mess they make.

All that would be needed to run this venture would be a truck, a shovel and a broom. Receiving a subscription for each of the many horses in town could turn this into a very profitable undertaking.
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jnikola3 years ago
When I read the idea, I was a bit shocked because in my country, everyone who owns horses has a big sign in front of the house which says - selliing horses' "fertilizer". Yes, people use animal poop as a fertilizer (as Shubhankar Kulkarni mentioned) for their vineyards, gardens, orchards, etc. and it costs a lot! Therefore, collecting the horses' poop could be a profitable business if combined with agronomy. If not enough to be sustainable business, the rest could be earned from monthly subscriptions of local horsebreeders.
Here we can also think of a machine that would efficiently and automatically pick-up the poop and clean the street! :) It could be a separate machine or a car add-on.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw3 years ago
Juran We also use horse manure as fertilizer, however, they have more than enough of that in the stables, they don't need to collect what is left on the streets. It also isn't enough to really make use of, it's just enough to be an eyesore and unhygienic.
I also don't see it as a big business opportunity, probably more of an extra income or a job for school kids to make extra money.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni3 years ago
From the title, I thought that this was an idea to "wash horses". :) Maybe change it to "horseshit cleanup service" or something more subtle?

The idea is good and can help those staying around such farms. The collected excreta might be put to good use like using it, as it as, as manure. The service company can earn from that, too. If the farm owners take the collected excreta back and deal with it, they may be charged less for the service.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
The local government could make it mandatory for the stables to pay for the service. The service could be run by the local county
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Povilas S
Povilas S3 years ago
Darko Savic Had exactly the same thought. To collect poop after your dog is already mandatory in many places. The situation with horses is ideologically the same, could also be made juridically the same.
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