Composted Horse Manure and Stall Bedding Pilot Project

Why Study Compost as Bedding for Horses?

The purpose of this project was to study and promote the use of compost as an alternative horse stall bedding and encourage horse owners and managers to think more creatively about manure management. Our objective was to reduce bedding use, and improve manure management practices at equine facilities in Snohomish County, Washington State.

Recreational and professional horse owners contribute to maintaining agricultural open space and supporting the agricultural infrastructure and local economy. Horse …

Can black walnut wood shavings be used as a bedding source for horses and/or other livestock?

No, black walnut shavings are not recommended. Black walnut (Juglans nigra) wood shavings can elicit clinical signs of laminitis or founder within 8 to 24 hours of coming in contact with the bedding. Consumption of the bedding may also cause laminitis signs as well as colic. Affected horses may be unable to move because of soreness in their feet. They may also be depressed and have difficulty breathing. Laminitis often occurs in the front feet but can affect …