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post #11 of 28 Old 10-29-2013, 07:24 PM
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I know the people who keep horses on very limited acreage put their poop in construction size dumpsters and have the full ones swapped out for empties when they are filled. Puts the poop out of sight and you can cover it if it smells. Hook up with a landscaper to haul away the old ones and you're golden.

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post #12 of 28 Old 10-29-2013, 07:26 PM
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how far from the house is the barn? My poop pile is along the woodline behind my ring. It's not visible from the house and in the summer I give it away by the truckload....

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Speed Racer, I think the OP will have the barn and a B&B but the two are not necessarily related or catering to the same group of people. So, someone books a room for a night that has absolutely nothing to do with animals, horses, etc. they don't understand that a poop pile is just part of the environment.

OP, how much poop are we talking about? How many horses? How far is the barn from the house?

A couple of quick ideas:
1. Do you have a tractor so you can move the stall clean out weekly to another location that is out of sight?
2. Erect a fence on the side that the B&B guests see and plant aromatic flowers (lilacs are great and require NO care) in front of the fence.
We're talking about a lot of poop here, like 20 horses worth! The barn is about a 30 second walk from the house, which is why I am concerned about guests smelling the poop. Nope, no tractor :(
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Do you have space for a garden? Could you somehow spread the manure into a large garden? I like the aromatic flowers idea.
What way does the wind blow most often on your farm? If it usually blows north than place it down wind of the house.

For what its worth, the smell of manure piles at where I work are not an issue. There are only around 10 horses. The smell is not a problem, the issue is the flies. If you are having a B and B I would have a bigger plan in mind for the flies and keeping them out of the house and the kitchen in particular. That's the issue at work, the flies sneak in. That's not as big an issue in a vet clinic and a big issue where someone is eating.
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Do you have space for a garden? Could you somehow spread the manure into a large garden? I like the aromatic flowers idea.
What way does the wind blow most often on your farm? If it usually blows north than place it down wind of the house.

For what its worth, the smell of manure piles at where I work are not an issue. There are only around 10 horses. The smell is not a problem, the issue is the flies. If you are having a B and B I would have a bigger plan in mind for the flies and keeping them out of the house and the kitchen in particular. That's the issue at work, the flies sneak in. That's not as big an issue in a vet clinic and a big issue where someone is eating.
So true about the flies! Thanks for the advice!
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I think you may be underestimating people. I think the overall experience is part of the attraction. Granted they are not coming expressly for the poop, but I'm not certain it would be a turn off if it had a light hay or grass cover. It's a natural element of the stalls. Not too surprising.
If it becomes an issue ( or you think it does) then address it at that time.
Relax and wait & see.

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post #17 of 28 Old 10-30-2013, 09:21 AM
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Locate a compost pile where people can drive in and take it away. You can make an easy one out of discarded pallets. Plant morning glories and scarlet runner beans around in season. Make a couple so you can get a rotation system going. Anything not taken will rot down to near nothing an not smell. You can spread this around the gardens and grass.

Use empty feed sacks to bag it up and put it beside the road with a free sign as much as possible. People will start looking for it and start bagging their own.

Free manure ads on craigslist gets a few every time.

Make contact with your local organic farmers.
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post #18 of 28 Old 10-30-2013, 09:31 AM
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Covering your manure pile with a tarpaulin will help keep flies from breeding in it and reduce the smell
You can use fly predators too.
Might be worth in investing in some fly screens for your windows though
Are you the person that's moving to Ireland? If so I'm sure you'll find a local farmer to take your manure away or a designated company that will do this.
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We're talking about a lot of poop here, like 20 horses worth! The barn is about a 30 second walk from the house, which is why I am concerned about guests smelling the poop. Nope, no tractor :(
If you have that much poop you need a tractor and a manure spreader otherwise you're going to have a problem regardless if you have a bed-and-breakfast
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post #20 of 28 Old 10-30-2013, 10:56 AM
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The average saddle horse leaves about 35lbs of poop a day. Multiply that by 20 plus add soiled bedding. You've got a lot of hand trucking going on.

Lawn tractor with a dump cart...but then where to dump it again.

A dumpster may be your best bet.
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