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post #1 of 13 Old 10-05-2011, 05:10 AM Thread Starter
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Question Horse Poo. How do you pick it up?

I pick up horse manure in the paddock and pile it onto compost and leave it to turn into soil.

I have two mares on about 5 acres (paddock pictured below) and bring in about one barrow load a day. OH is making me a cutomised wheelbarrow from a car tire and scrap. I will post a pic once it is finished if anybody is interested? How do you collect horse manure? Just wondering...
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-05-2011, 05:42 AM
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I have 3 gals on ~6 or 7 acres of very uneven pasture. No way in the world am I going to go around each day and pick up after them - or even each week. Several times per year I run a bush hog over the pasture to trim the weeds and break up the manure.

They are out 24/7 but during the day they are on a 1 acre dry lot paddock and seem to use the barn as their personal toilet. I clean that up once per day using a Rubbermaid 2 wheel wheelbarrow, a rake, and a super fork.
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I'd be curious to see. We basically pick up in manure bucket and then dump in big pile on bottom of the property (outside the fence actually). I do spread it in winter though, but clean everything in Spring - Fall.
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post #4 of 13 Old 10-05-2011, 08:56 AM
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My 11yr old daughter does it.... its her job/chore. But she has a metal rake to pile it, then a hand rake and large shovel head & a wagon to put it in. We compost pile it then I have people come and pick it up.
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post #5 of 13 Old 10-05-2011, 09:01 AM
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Ugh, manure the bane of my existence.....

I have a few who are stalled at night, stalls get picked daily. In my smaller lots (3 that are about 3 1/2 acres) I pick up once a week. The bigger pastures I mow & then run my arena harrow over with the tractor & break the manure up. No way am I driving around 30 acres & picking up poo.

It all gets piled up and ran through the manure spreader once a month. A lot of it goes to friends & family for garden fertilizer, the rest is spread amongst our hay fields on occasion & the neighbor's corn fields.
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We currently have seven horses in a two acre sacrifice lot. It's a temporary situation while we rehab our overgrown pasture. We pick up a lot of the poo with a shovel and rake and haul it over to the garden. We also run a drag around the lot to break up the poo we don't get.

We turn the horses out into the pasture while we clean up the lot- they run themselves breathless. It will sure be nice when the pasture is completely cleared and re-seeded. Then we can give that dang sacrifice lot a rest and really get it cleaned up (and reseeded).
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-05-2011, 09:59 AM
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i have just over 2 acres, for 3 ponies, i pick the poo up every day, with my hands wearing gloves, i collect 2 wheelbarrows full a day and empty just outside the field, people seem to collect it for there gardens.
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Stalls are picked daily. Drylots are picked daily. The 2 acre pasture and run-in shelter are picked monthly. The 5 acre and 7 acre pastures are mowed 4 times a year and the mower breaks up the random piles. Everything gets put in the manure spreader. Some goes to the garden. some goes to the fields.
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I have 2 on 7 acres (single pasture) with a run in stall in the barn. I pick out the barn daily with a manure goes in to a cart parked outside of the barn under an overhang. I sprinkle lime on that and then dump it once a week in to a pile outside the fence line.

I will pick up around the barn but don't go too far beyond as it is nigh on impossible to keep up on those 7 acres. We mow a few times per year which breaks up what is in the pasture.

And I pretty much strip the stall 1x per week in the summer (they hang out in there all day long) and 2x a month in the winter as they spend most of the time outside.

If I have to segregate them for whatever reason I will use my round pen and pick up what they leave.
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