Horse Stable Manure Management
Penn State Agricultural and Biological Engineering , G-97 , 1997

Wheeler, E., Zajaczkowski, J.S

Manure handling is a necessary evil of stable management with horse owners naturally preferring to ride rather than clean stalls. Making sure that stall cleaning and other manure handling chores are done efficiently will lead to more available time with the horse. It is important to recognize that horses produce large amounts of manure that quickly accumulates! About 12 tons of manure and soiled bedding will be removed annually from each horse stall (housing a full-time occupant). Careful consideration of how this material is moved and stored is needed for efficient manure management. Getting the manure out of a stall is only the beginning. A complete manure management system involves collection, storage (temporary or long-term), and disposal or utilization. This publication provides information to stable managers on horse manure characteristics and options for its movement and storage. Associated issues such as odor control, fly breeding, and environmental impact are addressed in relation to horse facilities. Manure management practices within horse facilities deserve careful attention. Since most orses are kept in suburban or rural residential settings, it is essential for stables to be good neighbors. Often, suburban horse facilities have limited or no acreage for land disposal of manure and soiled bedding. There are several alternatives for handling manure that include land disposal, stockpiling for future handling, removal from stable site, and composting. Some stables have developed markets to distribute or sell the stall waste. Whether in a suburban or rural setting, proper manure management is based on simple principles that will virtually eliminate environmental pollution impacts and nuisances such as odor and flies.