Horse Manure: 9 Interesting Facts

Several horses in their stable

If you have horses, you have manure. To others, being fascinated in manure may appear strange or disgusting. Horse owners, on the other hand, are aware that the consistency and amount of their horse's manure are indicators of his or her health. Constipation can cause compaction colic in horses. is a symptom of a frightened horse. It's common to observe when a horse is in the trailer or at a show, but it may also be an indication of disease that should not be overlooked. A healthy pile of dung, on the other hand, is not objectionable to a horse owner. Rather, it's a vital sign that everything in the horse's is operating properly. Here are some interesting facts about horse excrement.

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    Quantity and Weight

    Donut on manure in city street.

    Horses create around eight heaps of dung and 50 pounds of manure every day. One horse produces around nine tons of manure every year. Cleaning stalls and pastures is critical for horse health. If manure is not cleaned up on a regular basis, it creates the ideal condition for the production of harmful ammonia odors in stables, as well as a breeding ground for mold, germs, and parasites.

    Horse dung should resemble a spherical clump of droppings. The final section of the large intestine squeezes the contents into ball-like forms as it removes water, forming these. A health condition might be indicated if there is too much water and it is runny.

    If a horse produces no manure, it can indicate an impaction in the gut, and that too, is bad news. Veterinary attention should be sought as soon as possible. 

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    Depending on the kind of soil in which the or grass was produced, and the paddock or pasture on which the horse is housed, horse manure comprises grass and grain fibers, minerals, shed cells, lipids, water, and sand or grit. Water makes up around 3/4 of the total weight of manure. It may also include undigested grain and weed seeds, which should be composted before being used to fertilize your garden, since these seeds may still germinate.

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    Manure by Any Other Name

    There are lots of different names for horse manure. Horse manure is sometimes called horse buns, road apples, horse pucky, horse chips, horse hooey, and horse apples. 

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    Horse Manure in Your Garden

    Before being applied on gardens, horse dung should be matured for at least six months. Fresh horse manure tea can be used to fertilize vegetable and flower gardens, or fresh manure can be utilized to create a "lasagna garden." It doesn't burn the plants, therefore you won't lose any plants if you don't let it compost for six months.

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    If You Fall Face First in a Pile

    Horse dung is unlikely to transmit any disease to humans, including bacterial infections caused by E. coli, which is destroyed by sunlight. Human and dog excrement are significantly more likely to infect people with sickness and parasites. Horse dung is normally not dangerous, even though it is unpleasant to encounter on walking routes and other public locations. If your horse poops on a communal trail or parking lot, though, you should stop and move the mound out of the way.

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    Depending on their nutrition, horse dung varies color and consistency. The excrement will have a brilliant green hue when the horse consumes a diet of grass or very bright green quality hay. The feces will be paler if the horse is eating lighter green hay, and it will be comparable in hue if the animal is forced to consume brownish hay. Outside, the weather ultimately turns everything brown, and rain and sun break everything down into the soil.

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    If It Stinks

    Horse manure is not as smelly as cat or . Most people do not find it overly offensive.

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    Dried horse excrement appears to be a useful fuel source. Although you probably won't want to bake marshmallows over it, it has been utilized as a source of heat. Backwoods Home contains directions for making horse dung bricks for use as fuel, claiming that they have a better heating value than seasoned hardwood. Furthermore, the ash produced is an excellent soil addition.

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    Construction Material

    Horse dung has also been utilized in the construction of bricks. It might be one of the adobe components. In wet weather, how would a building built of dung bricks smell? While the stench of horse dung may not bother most individuals, most of us would draw the line here.