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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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When Evictions Loom, Pets Are Also at Risk  The New York Times

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Pets of the week  Chicago Tribune

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Surprising places where your pooch can shop with you  Tulsa World

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Pets Are Source of Unconditional Love During Uncertain World | Marcia Mayeda  SCVNEWS.com

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Adopting instead of buying pets gets a boost from Bidens  Los Angeles Times

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Toledo Humane Society rescues more than 30 pets found stacked in cages, tied to kitchen cabinets and hidden in a wall  WTOL

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White House Going to the Dogs as Biden Pets Major and Champ Move In  U.S. News & World Report

Addressing backyard pet waste - Santa Maria Times
Addressing backyard pet waste  Santa Maria Times

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Latest Pets Up For Adoption In The Joliet Area  Joliet, IL Patch

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PHOTOS: Pets of the Week | Local News | mooresvilletribune.com  Mooresville Tribune

League City Animal Shelter reports 1,700 pets adopted in 2020 - Houston Chronicle
League City Animal Shelter reports 1,700 pets adopted in 2020  Houston Chronicle

Roice-Hurst Humane Society vaccinates veterans' pets - KJCT
Roice-Hurst Humane Society vaccinates veterans' pets  KJCT

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Mask mandate citations issued at Lansky's, Pets R Us  KMTV - 3 News Now

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PetMed Express Inc (PETS) Q3 2020 Earnings Call Transcript  Motley Fool

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Eight pets dead after WF trailer home fire, family displaced  KVLY

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The Adoptables: Pets of the week (1/19/21) | Pets | fredericksburg.com  Fredericksburg.com

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Veterinarian creates "blessing box" to help people care for their pets  WBIR.com

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Adopt A Pet From Honolulu Area Shelters: New Pets Added This Week  Patch.com

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Naperville Pets Waiting To Be Adopted: Lizzy, Majorie, Noel & More  Patch.com

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See The Latest Adoptable Pets In The Orland Park Area  Patch.com

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Homer Glen-Lockport Pets Up For Adoption: Meet Louie, Milton, Eminem & More  Patch.com

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Bellefonte Elks donate to Pets Come First | News, Sports, Jobs - The Express  Lock Haven Express

Pet Adoption In The Baltimore Area: New Pets Added This Week - Patch.com
Pet Adoption In The Baltimore Area: New Pets Added This Week  Patch.com

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The Furemover Broom Will Rid Your Home of Pesky Pet Hair  PEOPLE

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Latest Pets To Go Up For Adoption In The New Lenox Area  Patch.com

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Long-term adoption agency pets offer big-time love and affection  Albany Times Union

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Letter: Find missing pets fast with ID tag, microchip  Sand Mountain Reporter

Downers Grove Pets Up For Adoption: Lulu & More - Patch.com
Downers Grove Pets Up For Adoption: Lulu & More  Patch.com

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Latest Pets To Go Up For Adoption In The Clearwater Area  Patch.com

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Latest Pets To Go Up For Adoption In The Elgin Area  Elgin, IL Patch

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Cabot man steals python from pet store  KLRT - FOX16.com

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Animal Control: Keep an eye on your pets during coyote mating season  KOMU 8

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Pet deer known in Fishers for his bond with 2 husky dogs seized by DNR  Fox 59

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Meet the woman trying to find homes for St. Louis pets surrendered during the pandemic  KSDK.com

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Pets of the Week for Jan. 19, 2021  WKRN News 2

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Composting dead pets to grow new life in Colombia  Deutsche Welle

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Tewksbury Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Sandy, Whiskey, Lola & More  Patch.com

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Dunedin Pets Up For Adoption: Meet Shadow, Evie, Lina & More  Patch.com

See The Latest Adoptable Pets At St. Pete Area Shelters - St. Pete, FL Patch
See The Latest Adoptable Pets At St. Pete Area Shelters  St. Pete, FL Patch

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Check your pet food: Recall expanded after 70 animals die  SILive.com

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UK pet bereavement helplines report big rise in calls during Covid  The Guardian

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Alsip-Crestwood Pets Who Need A Home: Meet Dylan, Clyde, Waldo & More  Patch.com

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New pet parent? How to help a rescue dog adapt  WDBJ

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25 Cincinnati Adoptable Pets That Would Love to Snuggle The Winter Away With You  Cincinnati CityBeat

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Guest column: 'COVID pets' make for steadfast companions during pandemic  The Gardner News

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Cambridge hotel celebrates the return of pets to the White House  The Boston Globe

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Kind stranger starts collection for family that lost eight pets in mobile home fire  INFORUM

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5 Anime Pets Everyone Wants to Adopt (& 5 To Avoid At All Costs)  CBR - Comic Book Resources

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Presidential Children's Books, Pets and All  The New York Times

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Meet the Royal Family's Pets, from Queen Elizabeth's Faithful Dog to Prince Edward's Tortoise  TownandCountrymag.com

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‘Driving’ up pet adoptions  The Abington Journal

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Pet Food Co. Sued Over Tainted Products Tied To Dog Deaths  Law360

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PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week — Jan. 18  Gwinnettdailypost.com

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Betty White Turns 99, Basks In Outpouring Of Social Media Affection And Slates ‘Pet Set’ Release  Deadline

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What's Best for Our Pets  WHYY

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Pet Vet: Obesity in Pets  WNDU

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Meet the New Celebrity Pets of 2021  PEOPLE

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Second Chance Pets: Piper and Mija  KOIN.com

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'Indoguration Day' nears for Major Biden  NBC News

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The power of pets: Chewy and Petco have become Wall Street darlings  KTVZ

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Swoyersville leaders backtrack on ordinance allowing pet dog killing  Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice

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Riverside woman says she was chased by man while walking her pet  WJXT News4JAX

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A Brief History of Royal Pets  Vanity Fair

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Pet Food Company Expands Recall of Products After More than 70 Dogs Die, 80 Get Sick  PEOPLE

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Pandemic brings importance of pets into focus  TribLIVE

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Pet of the Week: 2021 pets  WTOP

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Pet care retailer Petco shares surge 63% in first day of trading  CNBC

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Changes, Challenges: the Not-So-Secret Life of Pandemic Pets  U.S. News & World Report

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 3, 2021 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 3, 2021  Summit Daily News

A pet-loving family is on its way to the White House - The Washington Post
A pet-loving family is on its way to the White House  The Washington Post

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Gilman - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Gilman - 47abc  WMDT

So many pets have been adopted during the pandemic that shelters are running out - The Washington Post
So many pets have been adopted during the pandemic that shelters are running out  The Washington Post

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A goose became a family's pet after being rescued as a baby  CNN

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Pets on the Plaza: Meet Ally - 47abc  WMDT

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Pet cat feared dead in 2018 California mudslide is found alive  NBC News

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Second Chance Pets: Kushina  KOIN.com

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GALLERY: Pets don their Bills gear!  WIVB.com - News 4

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Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane – Pasadena Weekendr  Pasadena Now

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Doggie Desserts: Ben & Jerry's Enters the Pet Food Business  VOA Learning English

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Summersville pet shop vandalized days before opening  WSAZ

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Who let the dogs out at CES 2021? The MyQ Pet Portal smart doggie door did  CNET

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Furever Friends: Pets available for adoption  WJAC Johnstown

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Pets shouldn't wear COVID-19 face masks, but sales are still spiking - Business Insider  Business Insider

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Pet Masks company sees 500% surge in demand amid coronavirus pandemic  Fox Business

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'Relentless' pit bull attack at Omaha dog park injures pet  Omaha World-Herald

How America is changing the global pet industry - Quartz
How America is changing the global pet industry  Quartz

Sponsor spotlight: Best bets for happy pets in your home - MLT News
Sponsor spotlight: Best bets for happy pets in your home  MLT News

New York City Pets Who Need A Home - Patch.com
New York City Pets Who Need A Home  Patch.com

Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Pet Food Recall for Aflatoxin Health Risk - FDA.gov
Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Pet Food Recall for Aflatoxin Health Risk  FDA.gov

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A pet duck in Corinna, Maine is sporting new wheels  WABI

Pet Parents Call This Self-Warming Mat 'Heaven' for Their Furry Friends - PEOPLE
Pet Parents Call This Self-Warming Mat 'Heaven' for Their Furry Friends  PEOPLE

A new 'Vets Get Pets' license plates in Nebraska raise funds for Veteran pet adoptions - WOWT
A new 'Vets Get Pets' license plates in Nebraska raise funds for Veteran pet adoptions  WOWT

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Why you shouldn’t give pets as surprise gifts, and what to do instead  WSLS 10

Small pet sales continue to rise during pandemic - WMBB - mypanhandle.com
Small pet sales continue to rise during pandemic  WMBB - mypanhandle.com

Advice for First-Time Pandemic Pet Parents - NBC San Diego
Advice for First-Time Pandemic Pet Parents  NBC San Diego

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Pandemic pets bring comfort, companionship | Features  Jackson Hole News&Guide

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How My Pet Snake Taught Me to Really See  The New York Times

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Omnidirectional robot shoots out treats for home-alone pets  New Atlas

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The Rise of Pet Stocks  The Motley Fool

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Breakingviews - Pandemic pet boom keeps running for new top dogs  Reuters

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