Managing manure, erosion, and water quality in and around horse pastures

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Abstract

Unmanaged equine grazing has the potential to create numerous environmental problems. The loss of topsoil through erosion harms the pastures and allows sediment bound to manure contaminants to migrate into surface water. Other contaminants may dissolve in storm water and either leach into the groundwater or run off to surface waters. Salinity, parasites, weed seeds, insects, and aesthetics are also concerns when raw horse manure is applied to pasture. Despite these risks, it is possible to manage grazing animals and manure to minimize threats to water quality and recycle nutrients to fertilize pasture plants. A number of Best Management Practices have been designed to keep uncontaminated water clean and filter contaminated water. One such practice is the use and maintenance of riparian forest buffers to slow the flow of runoff and filter out nutrients, sediments, and other contaminants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHorse Pasture Management
PublisherElsevier
Pages245-259
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780128129197
ISBN (Print)9780128129203
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

Keywords

  • Environment
  • Erosion
  • Horse manure
  • Manure management
  • Nutrient management
  • Riparian buffer
  • Storm water
  • Water quality

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