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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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Protecting your pets from the cold - WITN
Protecting your pets from the cold  WITN

'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold - NewsChannel5.com
'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold  NewsChannel5.com

'That's life-threatening': how to keep pets safe amid the cold weather - Knoe.com
'That's life-threatening': how to keep pets safe amid the cold weather  Knoe.com

Do alternative diets work for pets like they do for people? - WTHR
Do alternative diets work for pets like they do for people?  WTHR

Protect pets and plants during cold weather with these tips - KSLA
Protect pets and plants during cold weather with these tips  KSLA

'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather - USA TODAY
'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  USA TODAY

Jen's World: Pets help the nest feel less empty - PostBulletin.com
Jen's World: Pets help the nest feel less empty  PostBulletin.com

We Love Our Pets, and IDEXX Knows It - Motley Fool
We Love Our Pets, and IDEXX Knows It  Motley Fool

Critter Corner: There are many ways to stimulate your pet bird or reptile mentally - The Mercury News
Critter Corner: There are many ways to stimulate your pet bird or reptile mentally  The Mercury News

Fur-ever Friends: Adoptable pets available 11/12/19 - WJAC Johnstown
Fur-ever Friends: Adoptable pets available 11/12/19  WJAC Johnstown

Officials are reminding pet owners to bring their pets in from the frigid cold temperatures - WVVA TV
Officials are reminding pet owners to bring their pets in from the frigid cold temperatures  WVVA TV

Bracing for the cold: pipes, pets, helping the homeless - 12newsnow.com KBMT-KJAC
Bracing for the cold: pipes, pets, helping the homeless  12newsnow.com KBMT-KJAC

SICSA: Bring pets inside; if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them - WHIO
SICSA: Bring pets inside; if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them  WHIO

Pets of the week, Nov. 13 | News - Hickory Daily Record
Pets of the week, Nov. 13 | News  Hickory Daily Record

Local News Here's how you can keep your pets safe with the cold weather James Groh - WTMJ-TV
Local News Here's how you can keep your pets safe with the cold weather James Groh  WTMJ-TV

Skip the TV: PACC waiving adoption fees on black-furred pets on Black Friday - KVOA Tucson News
Skip the TV: PACC waiving adoption fees on black-furred pets on Black Friday  KVOA Tucson News

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/13/19) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/13/19)  ABC15 Arizona

See something special in Jenny and 5 other adoptable pets in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley - The Pasadena Star-News
See something special in Jenny and 5 other adoptable pets in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley  The Pasadena Star-News

South Beloit looks to CARE for PETS organization to take care of feral cats - WIFR
South Beloit looks to CARE for PETS organization to take care of feral cats  WIFR

Protecting plants, pets, and people as the temperatures turn cold - WTOC
Protecting plants, pets, and people as the temperatures turn cold  WTOC

Seat alarm designed to save kids, pets from hot car deaths - fox5sandiego.com
Seat alarm designed to save kids, pets from hot car deaths  fox5sandiego.com

Haven Humane Society needs help purchasing a machine that keeps pets warm, post-surgery - KRCRTV.COM
Haven Humane Society needs help purchasing a machine that keeps pets warm, post-surgery  KRCRTV.COM

Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths - CNN
Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths  CNN

Scientists develop sensor to save children, pets left in vehicles - Science Daily
Scientists develop sensor to save children, pets left in vehicles  Science Daily

Oklahoma family devastated after losing home, pets in fire - KFOR Oklahoma City
Oklahoma family devastated after losing home, pets in fire  KFOR Oklahoma City

County offers pets place to put their paws - Suburban Journals
County offers pets place to put their paws  Suburban Journals

Picture your Pets with Santa set for first 2 weekends in December - WDRB
Picture your Pets with Santa set for first 2 weekends in December  WDRB

7 pets killed, 2 people displaced in eastern Travis County trailer fire, officials say - Austin American-Statesman
7 pets killed, 2 people displaced in eastern Travis County trailer fire, officials say  Austin American-Statesman

Keeping your pets warm in chilly weather: It it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them - KAIT
Keeping your pets warm in chilly weather: It it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them  KAIT

Pets, plants affected by the cold weather - BRProud.com
Pets, plants affected by the cold weather  BRProud.com

Jacksonville organization providing free dog houses for people with outdoor pets - CBS19.tv KYTX
Jacksonville organization providing free dog houses for people with outdoor pets  CBS19.tv KYTX

Adoptable pets of the week: Joe, Little Momma, Samuel, Reginald - The State Journal-Register
Adoptable pets of the week: Joe, Little Momma, Samuel, Reginald  The State Journal-Register

Woman dies in Yakima mobile home fire along with numerous pets - YakTriNews KAPP-KVEW
Woman dies in Yakima mobile home fire along with numerous pets  YakTriNews KAPP-KVEW

More Twin Cities apartments welcome pets — for a price - Minnesota Public Radio News
More Twin Cities apartments welcome pets — for a price  Minnesota Public Radio News

Israel under Gaza rockets: Caring for your pets in times of emergency - The Jerusalem Post
Israel under Gaza rockets: Caring for your pets in times of emergency  The Jerusalem Post

San Bernardino County program saving shelter pets from euthanasia - San Bernardino County Sun
San Bernardino County program saving shelter pets from euthanasia  San Bernardino County Sun

Fifth Annual Sweat For Pets - Tucson Weekly
Fifth Annual Sweat For Pets  Tucson Weekly

Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Gracie - RADIO.COM
Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Gracie  RADIO.COM

Baz needs a home -- and so do other pets across Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay Times
Baz needs a home -- and so do other pets across Tampa Bay  Tampa Bay Times

| PETS: The “Poodle” and the “Purr” - The Kittanning Paper
| PETS: The “Poodle” and the “Purr”  The Kittanning Paper

Two local shelters give Veterans pets for free - WILX-TV
Two local shelters give Veterans pets for free  WILX-TV

Winter Wellness: Prioritizing Pet Safety As Temperatures Plummet - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Winter Wellness: Prioritizing Pet Safety As Temperatures Plummet  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

How to protect your pets, plants, and pipes during colder weather - WCBI
How to protect your pets, plants, and pipes during colder weather  WCBI

Pets also need protection in cold weather - KSAT San Antonio
Pets also need protection in cold weather  KSAT San Antonio

Porky pets: 50% more obese dogs and cats than a year ago, says research - Sky News
Porky pets: 50% more obese dogs and cats than a year ago, says research  Sky News

NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019  NJ.com

Multiple pets, including dog, cats, lizard, bird, rescued from Denver house fire - The Denver Channel
Multiple pets, including dog, cats, lizard, bird, rescued from Denver house fire  The Denver Channel

'For Pet's Sake' - Bakersfield Now
'For Pet's Sake'  Bakersfield Now

Global Pet Care Market 2018-2022 | Popularity of Pet Fashion Among Pet Owners to Boost Growth | Technavio - Yahoo Finance
Global Pet Care Market 2018-2022 | Popularity of Pet Fashion Among Pet Owners to Boost Growth | Technavio  Yahoo Finance

Alice Joy Murphy 'Paints' Horses and Pets with Pencils - Santa Barbara Independent
Alice Joy Murphy 'Paints' Horses and Pets with Pencils  Santa Barbara Independent

People, Pets In South Jersey Breaking Out The Winter Attire With This Early Taste Of Arctic-Like Cold - CBS Philly
People, Pets In South Jersey Breaking Out The Winter Attire With This Early Taste Of Arctic-Like Cold  CBS Philly

Meet Perfect Pets, Bell Bell and Petey! - KGO-TV
Meet Perfect Pets, Bell Bell and Petey!  KGO-TV

Photos: Adoptable pets at Craven-Pamlico Animal Services, Nov. 12 - New Bern Sun Journal
Photos: Adoptable pets at Craven-Pamlico Animal Services, Nov. 12  New Bern Sun Journal

Here's a chance to get free rabies shots, microchips for your pets - mySanAntonio.com
Here's a chance to get free rabies shots, microchips for your pets  mySanAntonio.com

7 People, 6 Pets Displaced In Structure Fire Near San Ramon - Patch.com
7 People, 6 Pets Displaced In Structure Fire Near San Ramon  Patch.com

Local News Reminder: Bring your pets inside if the temp drops below 20 degrees Katie Cox - WRTV Indianapolis
Local News Reminder: Bring your pets inside if the temp drops below 20 degrees Katie Cox  WRTV Indianapolis

Township officials say family's goats, chickens are not pets - WPXI Pittsburgh
Township officials say family's goats, chickens are not pets  WPXI Pittsburgh

Pet experts recommend bringing your dog inside during record-breaking arctic blast - WLBT
Pet experts recommend bringing your dog inside during record-breaking arctic blast  WLBT

The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019 - Los Angeles Times
The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019  Los Angeles Times

Exotic pets take center stage at upcoming Reptile Expo - WEAU
Exotic pets take center stage at upcoming Reptile Expo  WEAU

Annual Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving for Pets - Patch.com
Annual Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving for Pets  Patch.com

Learn More About the Valley's Coolest Pets - Phoenix New Times
Learn More About the Valley's Coolest Pets  Phoenix New Times

NJ dog deaths: Owner urges neighbors to protect their pets after deaths of her two dogs - Asbury Park Press
NJ dog deaths: Owner urges neighbors to protect their pets after deaths of her two dogs  Asbury Park Press

Business Briefs: Food City to kick off Friends/Pets in Need Holiday Food Drive - Chattanooga Times Free Press
Business Briefs: Food City to kick off Friends/Pets in Need Holiday Food Drive  Chattanooga Times Free Press

St. Petersburg leaders take stand against Florida bill that would ban pets from certain areas - ABC Action News
St. Petersburg leaders take stand against Florida bill that would ban pets from certain areas  ABC Action News

A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine - The Atlantic
A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine  The Atlantic

Cleveland APL Pet of the Week: Winnie can be your sledding buddy this winter - Cleveland 19 News
Cleveland APL Pet of the Week: Winnie can be your sledding buddy this winter  Cleveland 19 News

Pets, plants and heaters: What you need to know as an Arctic Blast blows into Southeast Texas - 12newsnow.com KBMT-KJAC
Pets, plants and heaters: What you need to know as an Arctic Blast blows into Southeast Texas  12newsnow.com KBMT-KJAC

See a pet left outside in the cold? Here’s who to call - Cleveland 19 News
See a pet left outside in the cold? Here’s who to call  Cleveland 19 News

City Council Votes to Keep Alpacas as Pets in Escondido - NBC 7 San Diego
City Council Votes to Keep Alpacas as Pets in Escondido  NBC 7 San Diego

VCA Announces Partnership with Varian in the Fight Against Pet Cancer - PRNewswire
VCA Announces Partnership with Varian in the Fight Against Pet Cancer  PRNewswire

Nashville Is Going to the Dogs in a Good Way — And Your City Can Too! - PEOPLE.com
Nashville Is Going to the Dogs in a Good Way — And Your City Can Too!  PEOPLE.com

Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 6, 2019 - OregonLive
Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 6, 2019  OregonLive

For Pet's Sake | Pedicures for your pet - fox56.com
For Pet's Sake | Pedicures for your pet  fox56.com

Long Island Family Desperate Pet Bird Be Returned After Seen Being Taken From Pet Store - NBC New York
Long Island Family Desperate Pet Bird Be Returned After Seen Being Taken From Pet Store  NBC New York

Straw bedding offers 'hope' for pets in frigid temps - nbc25news.com
Straw bedding offers 'hope' for pets in frigid temps  nbc25news.com

Glenville shelter gets over 40 pets at once - The Daily Gazette
Glenville shelter gets over 40 pets at once  The Daily Gazette

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Shannon - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Shannon  KCBD

Look for a senior pet from area shelters. They make great companions - NOLA.com
Look for a senior pet from area shelters. They make great companions  NOLA.com

Pet Photos with Santa! - - The Hyattsville Wire
Pet Photos with Santa! -  The Hyattsville Wire

No laws when you’ve got paws: Pet therapy on campus - The Rider News
No laws when you’ve got paws: Pet therapy on campus  The Rider News

WAKE UP YOUR PET: Local dog boarder provides a home for the holidays - NBC Right Now
WAKE UP YOUR PET: Local dog boarder provides a home for the holidays  NBC Right Now

Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department offers free pet microchipping - KRQE News 13
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department offers free pet microchipping  KRQE News 13

Local church runs food pantry for pets - WJAC Johnstown
Local church runs food pantry for pets  WJAC Johnstown

The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners - The New Yorker
The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners  The New Yorker

Saving Senior Dogs Week celebrates adopting older pets - Today.com
Saving Senior Dogs Week celebrates adopting older pets  Today.com

Man formally charged for abandoning pet in cage to starve to death - WRDW-TV
Man formally charged for abandoning pet in cage to starve to death  WRDW-TV

You can adopt 19 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 9-10 - SILive.com
You can adopt 19 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 9-10  SILive.com

Uxbridge police may offer pet CPR class - Milford Daily News
Uxbridge police may offer pet CPR class  Milford Daily News

The world's biggest Burmese python is this man's pet snake - New York Post
The world's biggest Burmese python is this man's pet snake  New York Post

RaeLynn Adopts New Dog Which Reminds Her of Late Service Pet - Taste of Country
RaeLynn Adopts New Dog Which Reminds Her of Late Service Pet  Taste of Country

Predator attacks on pets worries owners - Powell Tribune
Predator attacks on pets worries owners  Powell Tribune

These adorable pets need new homes! - WCVB Boston
These adorable pets need new homes!  WCVB Boston

WV officers seize exotic pets from shop accused of cruelty - WPXI Pittsburgh
WV officers seize exotic pets from shop accused of cruelty  WPXI Pittsburgh

The benefits of senior pets - FOX 31 Denver
The benefits of senior pets  FOX 31 Denver

Pet Tales: Maine coon cats make great therapy pets - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pet Tales: Maine coon cats make great therapy pets  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pet gifts 2019: ‘Purrfect’ finds for your four-legged friends - Seattle Times
Pet gifts 2019: ‘Purrfect’ finds for your four-legged friends  Seattle Times

Redbarn® Pet Products Launches New Website Focused on Educating Pet Parents - PRNewswire
Redbarn® Pet Products Launches New Website Focused on Educating Pet Parents  PRNewswire

The Wet Nose Project | Saving pets one fundraiser at a time - KSDK.com
The Wet Nose Project | Saving pets one fundraiser at a time  KSDK.com

The Pet Shop: Sometimes pets need pets, too - Greensboro News & Record
The Pet Shop: Sometimes pets need pets, too  Greensboro News & Record

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