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post #1 of 8 Old 10-18-2010, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
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What do I do with Poo?

We have started building the place we will keep feed, hay, etc... We wont be keeping our horses stabeled so I wont call it a stabel. They will be out in the fields 24/7. One field I have is kinda small and after having 2 horses over to eat up the grass I noticed its a whole lot of (nicely) poo and im thinking that cant be good to walk around in. Should I be collecting it to get it out of the area and what do I do with it? I do have a nice sized piece of land far back in the woods that I dont use at all, its to shaded so we never even bother to go back there, is that a good place to dump it?
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-18-2010, 07:17 AM
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You can collect it, pile it, drag the field..
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-18-2010, 07:28 AM
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Now days they do not recommend dragging the non-composted manure so it spreads out more in the pasture because you will be contaminated more area with manure that can possibly contain a worm load.

If you have a small area I would recommend picking it daily. A larger area you can do less often. With a huge pasture picking is probably not necessary.

As long as your back area is not wet lands or some other type of area that a manure pile will cause an issue that is a perfectly fine way to deal with your manure.
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post #4 of 8 Old 10-18-2010, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for the advice.
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-18-2010, 09:32 AM
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Be sure to check to make sure there are no regulations in your area regarding manure piles prior to just assuming you can pile it out back.

In one area near me a manure pile is not allowed.
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-22-2010, 07:47 PM
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We compost ours - or at least - we pile it up and let it sit for a good long while. Usually. We also spread it out in areas where the grass isn't so good to help build up the soil. What we don't use in the pasture we spread on the garden area. We've found that if we let the chickens in there, they will work it into the soil for us, and eat the grubs and such that collect in the piles. The chickens also add more poo to the mix, which makes for a very nice garden...

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post #7 of 8 Old 10-26-2010, 03:31 PM
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In our pasture we don't do anything, just let nature take it's course!

At the barn we pile it up and 2 years ago we put it on our garden area. The garden DID NOT grow that year. My hubby took a sample to the extension agent and talked to him about it. Apparently some grass is sprayed with something that will cause it to make the soil such that "new seed will not germinate" . I cannot remember the exact chemical, but it was something that was on the hay and went thru digestion then turned to manure. The extension agent said the next year everything would be OK. and it was.

So.... be sure your manure pile goes thru a good heat and sets for a while. In fact would be best if it can compost for a year or more! Now we give our manure to a friend who composts big time!!

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post #8 of 8 Old 10-26-2010, 05:29 PM
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You can post ads for free horse poop on craigslist. Farmers will take it and use it for their fields. It will keep the fly population down during the summer as well and it won't stink! I have seen several ads about giving it away and some people even sell it!
If you don't want to do that spread it out in an area. At the stable we go to the very back of the field and dump it and for the stalls we have an boxed area where we dump it.
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