August 2018 SmartPak SmartTip of the Month: Manure Management

Horses in an overgrazed pasture: manure management
Photo by Leslie Potter

Thumbs up: Smart barn manure management

According to the AAEP’s Parasite Control Guidelines, every barn should be composting their manure to help control the spread of parasites. Learn more at

Thumbs down: Spreading manure on active pastures

Again, our friends at the AAEP warn against spreading non-composted manure on active pastures, as this will increase the level of parasite contamination.

Related article: Manure Happens

The removal of horse manure is a challenge for all horse barns. If manure is spread rather than removed from paddocks in late fall will it be fully composted by the spring to grow grass or will it just breed more parasites and put horses at risk?
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Further reading:

How to Compost and Use Horse Manure 



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