Horses and Manure
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet 036 , 2004

Westendorf, M., Krogman, U.

Horses are important for companionship, sport, work, pleasure, education, and therapy. In New Jersey, in addition to playing an important role in the state’s economy, horses help to maintain open, green spaces that add to the scenic beauty of the state. Horses and the farms on which they live are often very valuable. To be good stewards of the land, however, horse farmers should manage their farms in a way to minimize the potential for negatively impacting the environment with horse manure. This fact sheet gives an overview about the influence of equine physiology on horse manure excretion, horse manure quantity and composition; environmental benefits and impacts of horse manure; nutrient balance of horse farms, horse manure management and regulatory compliance assistance.