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Horse Manure Management--What are Your Options?


You need a strategy for using or disposing of your horse's manure. The proper management of manure is important to the health of your horse and your family. Needless to say, it may also be important in order to comply with state or county regulations. And if you have neighbors nearby, you will want to avoid any controversy with them.

An average 1,000-pound horse can produce 9 tons of manure waste each year. This is roughly 50 pounds per day. If you're going to store it, this translates to about 2-cubic feet per day or 730-cubic feet per year-just from one horse.

How the manure is stored and treated will have an impact on its value. A composition of manure and bedding is rich in nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. These nutrients can be returned to the soil and made available to pasture, lawns, landscaping, crops, and gardens.

The Importance of Manure Management

Stalls and paddocks need manure removed regularly to prevent surface water contamination and to assist with parasite control and fly breeding. Stable flies commonly breed in the moist horse manure. So it makes sense if you want to keep the fly population down, manage your horse's manure.

The lifecycle of horse parasites also begins with eggs in the manure, which develop into infective larvae that later exist in your horse's pasture. Consuming grass, feed, or water contaminated with infective larvae will infect your horse. Parasites are one of the most significant threats to the health of a horse kept in small acreage areas and can cause irreparable internal damage. Manure management is an important part of controlling parasites.

So What Are Your Options for Managing Manure?

Essentially, your choices are to use it on-site, give it away, or haul it off-site.

If you don't plan to use the manure yourself, you should develop a plan so that other people can make use of it. You may be able to make arrangements with landscapers, nursery or garden centers, parks and neighbors to either buy your unprocessed or composted manure or take it off your hands for free. You may need to deliver the manure yourself.

Manure Collection

Typical management of horse manure consists of removing daily and stockpiling for later use or spreading on cropland.

Manure that is spread daily should be thinly distributed and chain harrowed (dragged) to breakup larger manure piles and to expose parasite eggs to the elements, and to encourage rapid drying. Don't spread on pastureland that will be grazed by horses during the current year.

Alternatively, manure may be stockpiled and allowed to accumulate until it can be disposed, or composted for later use. A large storage area will allow for better flexibility in timing of manure use.

A 144 square foot enclosed space will contain the manure from one horse for a year. Over time, manure shrinks from decomposition and may accumulate to 3-to-5 feet in deep. Your storage area should be easily accessible for loading and unloading.

The location for the storage area is important in order to safeguard against surface and groundwater contamination. The storage area should be at least 150 feet away from surface water (creeks and ponds) and wells. A perimeter ditch dug around the storage area may be needed to prevent runoff. Covering the storage with either a roof or tarp can help prevent the contamination of both groundwater and surface water.

Some of the newer bedding products are more absorbent allowing you to use less bedding than traditional straw. Using less bedding means you have less waste to manage. Also, don't use too much bedding and only use the amount necessary to soak up urine and moisture in order to reduce the amount you have to manage.

Composting

Composting manure for 6 months to a year will yield a relatively dry product that is easily handled and reduces the volume of the manure by as much as 40 to 60 percent. This also kills fly eggs, larvae, pathogens and weed seeds.

Aeration will speed the composting process. The rate of decomposition is dependent on how often the pile is turned. An alternative to turning the pile is to insert perforated PVC pipes into the pile to provide aeration. The composting process will take a little longer, but is much less labor intensive. A slow decomposition rate is usually due to a lack of aeration.

The compost pile should remain moist. It may need to be watered or covered to maintain moisture. If small moisture droplets appear when squeezing it in your hand, then the moisture content is sufficient. Compost should be sweet smelling. If an unpleasant odor is coming from the pile, it is too wet and should be kept under a cover to help keep the moisture out.

Composted manure acts as a slow release fertilizer and is a great soil supplement that can be spread on pastures. Manure that has not been composted should be spread only on cropland or other ungrazed, vegetated areas.

Hauling Off-Site

Landfills should only be used if no other option exists. And note, not all landfills will accept manure. Remember, your horse's manure is a valuable resource and is best used for recycling as opposed to disposing.

There are some refuse/waste companies who specialize in hauling away manure as well as recycle it. This is a good alternative for people who do not have adequate land where manure can be stored or spread. These refuse companies will provide a dumpster and will schedule regular pickups based on your needs.

Randall Holman, site owner of Front Range Frenzy and horse enthusiast, is the author of this article. You will find other easy and practical basic horse care information on his website: http://www.FrontRangeFrenzy.com.


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Pets of the week: Norma Jean is a couch-cuddler who wants snuggle up with you  MLive.com

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Protect Pets from Accidental Exposure  Pharmacy Times

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Animal advocates remind community to keep a close eye on outdoor pets this winter  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

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Broward Shelter Takes In Pets Rescued From Earthquake-Riddled Puerto Rico  NBC 6 South Florida

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Tips for keeping loved ones, pets safe during extreme cold  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

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Keeping pets safe in winter weather  KETV Omaha

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Keeping pets warm in extreme cold  CIProud.com

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Four pets die in Chautauqua County house fire  WGRZ.com

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Pets of the Week: Jasmine and Nicky  Daily Bulldog

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Family of 5 displaced, pets killed in Durham house fire  CBS17.com

Villatoro: Pets and family - Odessa American
Villatoro: Pets and family  Odessa American

Talk of the Town: How to help your pets lose weight - WIS10
Talk of the Town: How to help your pets lose weight  WIS10

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For seniors, pets take the 'lonely' out of living alone | News, Sports, Jobs  Altoona Mirror

CBD, Pot, Pets & Vets - wbckfm.com
CBD, Pot, Pets & Vets  wbckfm.com

Spotify unveils playlists for pets | TheHill - The Hill
Spotify unveils playlists for pets | TheHill  The Hill

Protecting Pets From the Bitter Cold - raccoonvalleyradio.com
Protecting Pets From the Bitter Cold  raccoonvalleyradio.com

Bellingham man accused of killing wife, pets arrested, remains hospitalized in Seattle - Seattle Times
Bellingham man accused of killing wife, pets arrested, remains hospitalized in Seattle  Seattle Times

The ‘pawfect’ playlist: Spotify makes playlist for pets - WTKR News 3
The ‘pawfect’ playlist: Spotify makes playlist for pets  WTKR News 3

How to protect your pets in the winter - WGME
How to protect your pets in the winter  WGME

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Bride, bridesmaids forego bouquets to walk down aisle with adoptable shelter pets  ArkLaTexHomepage

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CAPA Pet of the Week: Blue  Lompoc Record

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Are no pet restrictions enforceable?  Naples Daily News

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Points for Pets: Keeping an eye on your dog's health - WV News
Points for Pets: Keeping an eye on your dog's health  WV News

Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

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PETS OF THE WEEK | Lifestyle  Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

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Naples pet parade and festival to benefit new education center at Naples Zoo  Wink News

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Pets & People: Unlikely friendships | Pets And Animals  Frederick News Post

Animal Welfare, Cub Scouts build doghouses for local pets - KRQE News 13
Animal Welfare, Cub Scouts build doghouses for local pets  KRQE News 13

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Pets of the week: Jan. 19, 2019  Yakima Herald-Republic

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How to protect your pets in winter — State — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine  Bangor Daily News

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Pets of the Week for Sunday, Jan. 19 | Local News  La Crosse Tribune

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"Take what you need leave what you can": Pet Food Blessing Box trying to fight animal hunger  WYMT News

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Local News Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter seeking seniors citizens to adopt seniors pets Jenny Fick 6  KTVQ Billings News

Adoptable pets in Tucson - Arizona Daily Star
Adoptable pets in Tucson  Arizona Daily Star

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First Ever 'Pet Detective' in China is on the Case, Reuniting Over 1000 Animals With Their Families So Far  Good News Network

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'The Incredible Dr. Pol': The Pols Launched Their Own Line of Incredible Pet Food  Showbiz Cheat Sheet

KSBW Pet of the Weekend: Frittata - KSBW Monterey
KSBW Pet of the Weekend: Frittata  KSBW Monterey

P.E.T.S clinic and Wilbarger Humane Society team up for spay and neutering - KAUZ
P.E.T.S clinic and Wilbarger Humane Society team up for spay and neutering  KAUZ

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Cheetah smuggling out of Ethiopia 'fuelled by exotic pets demand'  BBC News

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The Activists Who've Saved 1000 Pets From Syria's War Zones  msnNOW

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Animal Welfare – adopt a pet  Stillwater News Press

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Animal shelter shows off adoptable pets at Holiday Happy Tails  Frederick News Post

Pet CPR and First Aid training class in East Longmeadow - WWLP.com
Pet CPR and First Aid training class in East Longmeadow  WWLP.com

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Pet Talk: First Aid for pets  KBTX

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Bellevue home uninhabitable, 2 pets die in fire  CIProud.com

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Steve Dale 1/19/2020 Full Show: Legalization of marijuana and how it impacts your pets  WGN Radio - Chicago

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New Tennessee law could ban animal abusers from owning pets for 2 years  WKRN News 2

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Warning: Aggressive coyotes could eat your pets during mating season  New Haven Register

Pet detective helps families track down lost pets as a community service - KGW.com
Pet detective helps families track down lost pets as a community service  KGW.com

Kentucky Bill Aims to Make Adoptable Animals the State Pets - womiowensboro.com
Kentucky Bill Aims to Make Adoptable Animals the State Pets  womiowensboro.com

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Pets of the week: Pets want to play ball, walk with you  Burlington County Times

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Doggie Style Pets groomed 12-year-old Maltese pups, and one died. Then came the lawsuits.  The Philadelphia Inquirer

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LA County program helps homeless keep their pets as they seek housing  KABC-TV

Pawjama Party program lets pets at the Humane Society spend the weekend with a Savannah family - WTOC
Pawjama Party program lets pets at the Humane Society spend the weekend with a Savannah family  WTOC

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Family's pets don't make it out alive after home catches fire in Evansville  WMTV

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Spotify now has custom playlists for your pets. Here's how you can start streaming  Asbury Park Press

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Marijuana legalization could be leading to more pets getting sick from THC  WWMT-TV

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Clay County using facial recognition to help reunited lost pets with owners  WJXT News4JAX

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Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Ivy, Kiki, & Angel  SweetwaterNOW.com

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14 Adoptable Cincinnati Pets Looking For Families to Snuggle With  Cincinnati CityBeat

Virginia lawmakers considering a range of bills on pets - WHSV
Virginia lawmakers considering a range of bills on pets  WHSV

Here's how to protect your pets from urban coyotes - KVUE.com
Here's how to protect your pets from urban coyotes  KVUE.com

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Fire ravages Waukesha home, 2 pets die from smoke inhalation  WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee

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Woman wanted for stealing bearded dragon from Pets-n-More store in Lawrenceburg  WZTV

7-year-old Frankfort boy inspires shelter pet legislation - State-Journal.com
7-year-old Frankfort boy inspires shelter pet legislation  State-Journal.com

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Nominate Your Pet For Scotch Plains-Fanwood Pet Of The Week  Scotch Plains, NJ Patch

Chino Valley House Fire Claims The Lives Of Four Pets - KAFF News
Chino Valley House Fire Claims The Lives Of Four Pets  KAFF News

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Pets of the Week: How shelter stress can affect a personality  yoursun.com

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Speaking of Pets: The best bat for cat health in the winter is keeping them indoors  Vail Daily News

Meet Miami’s fat cat, a 35-pound Siamese. She’s part of a pet obesity epidemic - Miami Herald
Meet Miami’s fat cat, a 35-pound Siamese. She’s part of a pet obesity epidemic  Miami Herald

Bill would ban landlords from rejecting a renter because of pets - Concord Monitor
Bill would ban landlords from rejecting a renter because of pets  Concord Monitor

For Pet's Sake: Choosing the right breeder - Idaho News
For Pet's Sake: Choosing the right breeder  Idaho News

Pet of the week: Davis - Billings Gazette
Pet of the week: Davis  Billings Gazette

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Meet Rosco and Misty; our Pets of the Week  KSTU FOX 13 Salt Lake City

The IVC Pet and People Wellness Fair kicks off January 26 - - KUSI
The IVC Pet and People Wellness Fair kicks off January 26 -  KUSI

Questions pet owners should ask when seeking services - 10TV
Questions pet owners should ask when seeking services  10TV

Time's Up: Pet, Business Licenses Must be Renewed by January 31 - TAPinto.net
Time's Up: Pet, Business Licenses Must be Renewed by January 31  TAPinto.net

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CBS3 Pet Project: Ways To Say ‘I Love You’ To Your Dog  CBS Philly

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Resolve to be an even better pet owner  Fallbrook / Bonsall Villlage News

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Pet of the Week: 2020 pets  WTOP

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Protect your pets: Foxes spotted in Philadelphia, Upper Darby neighborhoods  6abc.com

Spotify's personalised playlist for pets and other news - BBC News
Spotify's personalised playlist for pets and other news  BBC News

Pet Project 2019: Animals available for adoption in Massachusetts on Jan. 18 - MassLive.com
Pet Project 2019: Animals available for adoption in Massachusetts on Jan. 18  MassLive.com

Old Trainer: Table scraps vs. store food for your pet - Merced Sun-Star
Old Trainer: Table scraps vs. store food for your pet  Merced Sun-Star

Pet of the Week: Choco - Times Record News
Pet of the Week: Choco  Times Record News

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Letter from Birdland | Smiley-face sourdough | Pets  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Dumped: Deserted pets roam Dickinson in hordes - The Dickinson Press
Dumped: Deserted pets roam Dickinson in hordes  The Dickinson Press

Pet of the Week: Spirit - Times Record News
Pet of the Week: Spirit  Times Record News

In brief: Time to license your pet in Montclair - montclairlocal.news
In brief: Time to license your pet in Montclair  montclairlocal.news

ARL of Iowa shares tips for keeping pets safe during wind chill advisory - KCCI Des Moines
ARL of Iowa shares tips for keeping pets safe during wind chill advisory  KCCI Des Moines

Truman State University to allow pets in dorms - khqa.com
Truman State University to allow pets in dorms  khqa.com

Pets of the week: Saint and Socks - Manning Live
Pets of the week: Saint and Socks  Manning Live

Valley animal shelter offering pet CPR training for teens - FOX 10 News Phoenix
Valley animal shelter offering pet CPR training for teens  FOX 10 News Phoenix

Pet Doc: New Year’s pet health reminders - WKRN News 2
Pet Doc: New Year’s pet health reminders  WKRN News 2

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter - Navarre Press
Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter  Navarre Press

Legalization of marijuana could be leading to more pets getting high - KMOV.com
Legalization of marijuana could be leading to more pets getting high  KMOV.com

Licensing due March 15 for pets in Douglas, Sarpy counties - WOWT
Licensing due March 15 for pets in Douglas, Sarpy counties  WOWT

Students get hands-on experience with pet grooming during class - WIS10
Students get hands-on experience with pet grooming during class  WIS10

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Area pets available for adoption (VIDEO, PHOTOS), Jan. 15, 2020  OregonLive

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