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I have read in every horse back I can find that you are supposed to pick up your horses feces some time between every say and twice a week. I have also heard from some people I know that you should leave it there because it is a great fertilizer for the grass. Which is the better way to go? Because I also know that bacteria and worms can appear or grow in feces.
Good question, yet common sense too. If your horse is in a stall or barn that the ground is not of earth but cement, stall pads, or wooded. Than mucking is a must, but if in a pasture than I wouldnt worry to much because it does help the grass grow.
Also remember that manure attracts flies, etc. It is hard to answer your question with out specifics of your horse's environment. I would lean towards picking a field/paddock on a weekly basis, a run in or stall should be done daily
If you leave it you have to spread it, otherwise it will not break down and become fertilizer. Also, you need to keep the horses off the pasture for about two weeks of warm, dry days to kill any worms. It is preferable to rotate pastures every two weeks. If you cannot follow these steps, I would recommend picking up the poop. Good luck!
It depends on the size of their pasture. If they are in a big enough space, I would leave it, and let it become fertalizer, but that is just if they are on acres of fields. If you leave it it can actually kill the grass and turn the paddock to mud and smother all of the grass because they will trample all the new grass shoots.
Our fields are too big to pick with a pitch fork & wheel barrow & leaving the manure can kill off the grass, so we use a tractor & drag to drag our fields, break up the manure & mix it into the dirt as a fertilizer. It keeps our fields from getting patchy & full of manure & flies. At our boarding farm, we pick the fields twice a day because we have 3 fields & 5 horses, so it's not too bad of a job.