Horse Manure Management

Horse Outreach Workgroup

The proper disposal of animal waste is a challenge for every horse operation. Many stable owners consider the waste from stalls to be a nuisance because it attracts flies and is unsightly. Because of this perception, stable waste (manure plus bedding) has been improperly disposed of in remote areas on the farm such as gullies, wood edges and over the hillside. This method of disposal poses significant environmental risks due to runoff and leaching of nutrients from the manure that may contaminate ground and surface water. The Water Quality Improvement Act of 1998 requires Maryland horse operations to address the proper disposal and utilization of stable waste.