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Perennial Park Police Poop Problem Persists

by Prince Of Petworth March 8, 2016 at 2:25 pm 20 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

As sure as the sun rises in the east, as soon as the weather gets nice the Ellington Bridge gets showered with horse dung. Just curious if anyone knows the source (and also why there isn’t a fine for not collecting/disposing like with dogs)?”

It’s from the Park Police’s horses.

  • crin

    Because it’s just processed grass and hay. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Think of it like walking compost.

    • MMMkay

      Herbivore poop is never as bad as poop from an omnivore or carnivore.

  • redzuny

    You’d have to have your nose pretty deep in your phone to not notice horses–t. Unlike the little pebbles of awfulness dogs leave behind.

    • annonny

      Agreed, I fail to see this as the most severe spring injustice in DC. Annoying, perhaps, but large enough to avoid and not nearly as nasty as dog shit.

      • anongardener

        And horse poop doesn’t stick to your shoes like dog poop. it dries up pretty quickly – by the time you get to your destination it will be long gone.

  • General Grant Circle

    Quis taxet publicanem?

    • General Grant Circle

      (Who shall fine the taxman)

  • textdoc

    I like the alliteration.

  • AMDCer

    The source is the horse, of course.

    • Yeah I can’t imagine what else was going through this person’s mind. A devious prankster who shows up from the farms every year to disgust us city folk?

  • kittycatbob

    Well, I certainly am not going to be the person who walks up to a cop on a horse and tells him to bag the poop.

  • Ward One Resident

    It’s typically only on the South side of the bridge too, so if it’s that vexing, just walk on the North side.

  • equidistance

    I’ve just never understood why the horses don’t wear bags. Is it in case they need to gallop to chase a suspect?

    Excellent alliteration!

    • anongardener

      Cart horses wear bags. A police horse needs to be able to move fast, not plod along in a straight line. A bag would be dangerous – mess up the horse’s balance, horse could get his feet caught in it, horse would probably freak the f out if a bag was slapping it in the butt, etc.

      • Has anyone ever actually seen a police horse move fast?

  • navyard

    Dung vs. feces. Dung is safe to touch and feces is not. Source: field ranger school. We often touched dung with our hands and never got sick.
    Dung is from herbivores. Feces from carnivores. Crin is correct – it’s just grass and doesn’t even smell bad.

  • tke98

    Walking in horse manure is no worse than walking in the woods. It doesn’t carry the harmful bacteria that is found in carnivore or omnivore poop. I would not worry about this in the least. And as to the question of fines . . . please let me know how many times you’ve seen a person in DC fined for failing to scoop their dog’s poop?

    • This has nothing to do with dogs. Both parties can be in the wrong simultaneously.

  • TX2DC

    I regularly jump over horse s**t while jogging on the mall. I’m sure the tourist enjoy seeing/smelling it too. It’s annoying.

  • Shawshanked

    Now if someone were to jump into the saddle with the park policeman and the horse raced down the street then this would an outrage. An outrage!


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