Wandering horseman Keith Roberts holds the manure of his
horse Zara in Berwick. Photo by Linda Robertson.
The manure trail left on beaches and main streets is
legal and practical, and the Saddle Hill Community Board idea
of a manure bin stinks, says wandering horseman Keith Roberts.
Mr Roberts (65), of Mosgiel, said he has been around New
Zealand four times on his 32-year-old horse Zara and had
never picked up her manure.
The idea to install a horse manure bin at Ocean View
Recreation Reserve was ridiculous, he said.
When the Taieri Times visited the reserve earlier this month,
dog walkers said it was unfair there were no consequences
when horse owners failed to clean up manure from the reserve
Mr Roberts said dogs' faeces were different from horses'.
Dog faeces posed a health risk because they were made up of
many unknown ingredients but a horse's was 99.9% grass.
Most young riders could not control a horse when collecting
the manure and carrying a shovel and riding a horse was
And ''if the horse has come off green grass it's shooting out
Board chairman Scott Weatherall said the board was
investigating ''achievable'' ways to deal with the manure.
Two ideas were a collection bin, or dumping it in a holding
tank at the reserve for human waste from self-contained
The logistics would be discussed with the pony club and the
Dunedin City Council.