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post #11 of 41 Old 03-06-2012, 11:37 AM
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I have mine on 18 acres and I brush hog it 2x during the summer. That takes care of the field. The paddock area is picked up and piled. I run an ad on Craigslist and people come for the free fertilizer.

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post #12 of 41 Old 03-06-2012, 11:42 AM
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You most likely will have zero chance of selling it. I always giggle whenever I see someone trying to sell their "fabulous horse manure compost" on Craigslist because there are 30 other people desperately trying to give it away before they have to pay to haul it elsewhere.

I use an arena drag and spread the manure around the pastures.

I am extremely rural and there is no trash service except for dumpsters. So every other Tuesday (dumpster empty day), I fill up whatever empty space is on my dumpster with excess cow/pig/chicken manure. Particularly the pig poop... STINKY!! I pay a monthly fee on the dumpster full or not-full so I don't have a problem filling it up. Tractor bucket to fill it, shovel the manure in the bucket, dump the bucket in the dumpster.

Garbage truck comes today so I cleaned out the chicken coop, it's fenced to keep coyotes away and in a moment of non-thinking used a tiny gate, so I rake their coop contents into feed bags (coop is raised, so just set the bags under the big door and rake the contents in), then pile the full bags in the tractor bucket and go dump them.
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I put the barn manure in long, low piles at the rear of the property. It takes about 2 years to turn into 'Black Gold' for fertilizing if you do nothing to it. I will occasionally take a stick and poke holes in the pile and pour a bottle of Pepsi or Coke into the holes to add sugar and create a little more heat to speed up the composting. It doesn't stink, it doesn't attract flies. I also have a couple folks from town who come out and take the composted manure to fertilize their gardens and in return do a chore or 2 around the place.

The pasture manure gets 'dragged' to break it up and spread it. I don't normally have too much need to do that, but because of the drought, the poo is drying out and not breaking down as quickly as it would if we were getting our usual rain and humidity. When I lived in the desert, I'd drag 2 or 3 times/week, here I drag once every 2 weeks during drought, maybe only 2 or 3 times/year when it's normal weather.

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post #14 of 41 Old 03-06-2012, 02:07 PM
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I've lived with my horses in the back yard for 11 years now. I do NOT own a tractor...yet (got my eye on one, though..ship needs to come in.) I just have a couple of grain shovels and a couple of wheelbarrows and lots of elbow grease. I am also a gardener and I have researched both aging manure for amending my soil AND removing manure to keep down my horse's parasite loads.
Here is what I have discovered:
1) Do NOT spread manure on pastures where your horses graze.
Manure and Pasture Management for Horse Owners: Managing Manure by Spreading on Cropland or Pasture
Pile it into mounds and let the heat produced during decomposition kill the eggs before you spread on your pastures.
2) For garden use it takes 4 months for horse manure to leach out the acids that burn most plants. Roses, for example love it spread around them fresh. Gardeners (like me) mix it with soil to create and grow microbes which, in turn, continuously break down the refuse into usable compost which fertilize their vegetables and flowers. I do NOT have to buy Miracle-Grow. It only works once anyway.
http://www.livingthecountrylife.com/gardening/putting-down-horse-manure/
THIS article conflicts with the advice I've read and gotten from my gardening forum friends. I've NEVER burned my crops with 4 month-agred manure, just FYI.
http://www.almanac.com/content/manure-guide
3) If you get busy--who here has time on their hands?!?!? I want YOU come over to MY place and help me!!! lol--and forgot your manure pile, it will turn into dirt in about one year.
4) Fluffy pine shavings take 5 years to decompose, BUT they provide what gardeners call "tilth" and help to break up garden soil, so they're beneficial, too. Sawdust, used Equine Fresh, and fine pine shavings break down sooner and gardeners can use it bc pine isn't toxic, like other woods are.
5) Gardeners will take your stall waste, including straw. Provide them with empty grain bags to bag it. They're mostly all plastic, now, and they can roll down and duct tape the tops to prevent messes in their car. All stall leavings help gardeners, but some complain that they get oats, corn and grass seeds which sprout next to their tomatoes. Tell 'em that the money they save taking away your horse's leftovers can be spent on "Preen", or on plastic covers left on the bake the soil for about a week and kill any unwanted seeds in them. Gardeners take straw or hay and mulch and cover delicate seedlings with it--nothing goes to waste in the...waste.
6) NONE of the parasite's eggs that hatch in my garden beds make their way to my horse's mouths. NONE of the parsite eggs that hatch in my garden beds eat my vegetables and flowers. They hatch out there and die there. Good riddence.
Hope this helps you!! I didn't know what to do with all the manure, either, 10 years ago. =b
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I pile it and pray the neighbor's haul it away. My "big pile" has been there about two years and I have a neighbor with a tractor who keeps promising to come and get it. I have tried spreading it, but as we live in Arid-zona (Arizona) it stays in little round horse poop balls and looks awful for several years if I spread it on the ground. My family hates it when I do that.

About the only good use I have found for it is adding to my round pen to fluff up the rock hard clay soil. The horses grind it in when I round pen them and the soil gets fluffier. Other than that, I pray the gardening neighbors come and haul it off. It should be excellent for gardening by now.
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I actually make compost and use it in my garden.. A harvest is already around the corner..
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post #18 of 41 Old 03-06-2012, 10:06 PM
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I'm rather lazy and cheap.
I clean the manure up just fine, but I don't want to spend the money on a spreader, nor do I want to hassle with turning piles multiple times for hot composting, so I do the slow and cold method.

I pile it up, let the chickens have at it and forget about it until the following year when I need some organic matter to add to a new flower bed. Then I go looking for it.
Whoops, the chickens did such a good job of scratching and composting for me, now I can't find it... time to start a new pile.
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If you stack it up, it composts itself. And horse manure doesn't stink. Except to city folks.........

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I pile it and pray the neighbor's haul it away. My "big pile" has been there about two years and I have a neighbor with a tractor who keeps promising to come and get it. I have tried spreading it, but as we live in Arid-zona (Arizona) it stays in little round horse poop balls and looks awful for several years if I spread it on the ground. My family hates it when I do that.

About the only good use I have found for it is adding to my round pen to fluff up the rock hard clay soil. The horses grind it in when I round pen them and the soil gets fluffier. Other than that, I pray the gardening neighbors come and haul it off. It should be excellent for gardening by now.
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I'm sure that some of my TEG forum friends who live in AZ will be HAPPY to take your pile away! =D
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