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a fellow horse owner and
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting
and helpful tips for your horse care, training, and riding.
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1: Show Supplies You Need
2: Blanket Rods for a Barn
Up Stud's Feet Without Getting Kicked
3: Teach A Horse to Lay Down
4: 'Fraidy Cat Horse Solutions
5 : What is a Midweight Blanket?
6 : Why Spread Manure on Frozen Ground?
to "Ask Cherry"
Why do you recommend spreading manure on frozen ground?
I was doing
a search on manure management and cameupon your page (manure_management.htm).
You offer a good forum for folks to get credible information for equine management.
I dont discredit any of your practical advice but question the recommendation
of spreading composted manure on frozen ground. Ag producers on the East Coast
are discouraged from applying manure to frozen ground because of the potential
for it to leave the site during rain events. Your interest in not tearing up the
pasture is admirable relative to preserving vegetation and reducing soil loss.
Just curious as to any alternatives such as mid-summer spreading.
for your question. Midsummer spreading would be ideal on crop land or on land
that will not be grazed by horses for the next 12 months. So, if a land owner
could set aside one or two pastures to rest each year, then application could
be made in the season that suits the climate the best in that locale.
in the foothills of Colorado,we spread during December and January when the ground
is dry and a bit powdery. Our tractor tires do the least damage to the pasture
during that time and then when our big snows come in February, March, and April,
the composted manure is sealed in place under a blanket of snow until the spring
melt. As the snow slowly melts, it tends to carry the nutrients into the soil
and the humus adds cushion and aeration to the soil.
As I think you are suggesting, you are right, it would not be
a good idea to apply raw manure or composted manure to land (frozen or not) just
before heavy rain periods, especially if the precipitation would cause the manure
to run off. With runoff, not only are the nutrients lost to the pastures but lakes,
rivers and streams can be contaminated.
Like so many management tasks, each horsekeeper needs to make responsible decisions
by being informed and then using trial and error to see what works best. When
to spread manure is one of those questions that can only be answered when considering
all of the specifics of the situation: how much land is available for spreading;
what will the land be used for during the next 12 months; when does the heaviest
precipitation occur and so on.
For more information on manure management, refer to:
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