How to Clean up Horse Manure

Learning how to clean up horse manure is an important skill, even if you don’t own a horse. Even people who just ride or visit horses may have to deal with getting horse manure all over the place. Horse manure, like other types of manure, can be incredibly messy and unpleasant, so here are some quick and easy ways to get it cleaned up. 

How to Clean up Horse Manure

How to Muck a Horse Stall

Mucking, or cleaning up, a horse stall is a common practice for people who own horses or help at a horse barn. Mucking usually happens a couple of times a year (usually every two to three months) in order to keep the horse (and its owners!) both healthy and happy.

The whole process takes about 20 minutes. Dress in old clothing and take your horse out to pasture or put him in an empty stall. Totally clean out the area of any buckets, toys, or other things so that you have an empty stall to work with. This is also a good time to clean those sorts of things as well; just rinse them off or out or scrub them down, whichever you feel like they may need.

Put a wheelbarrow or cart close to the stall door, and face it out in the direction you will be pushing it once it’s full so you don’t have issues moving it later. Grab a pitchfork and start to work away. Sometimes, you’ll want to clean out all of the bedding; other times, you may just want to do a spot check and eliminate manure and wet bedding.

If you’re eliminating all of the bedding, use a shovel to get rid of the stuff that may be giving you a hard time at the bottom of the bedding. Then, take an odor eliminator (even just baking soda will work for this), spread it over the area, and then replace the bedding. Put as much bedding in there as your horse normally enjoys, and then move your horse and everything he needs back in the stall. 

How to Get Horse Manure off of your Clothing

Horse manure is just as frustrating to get off your clothing as any other type of farm animal manure. So, here’s an easy way for you to get it off your clothes.

What you will need:

  • Baking soda and water paste (50/50 solution, mixed well)-
  • Gloves
  • Scrubber brush or rough sponge
  • Water
  • Paint scraper
  1. Take the paint scraper and get off any of the horse dung that may have hardened. This method works well because it makes sure that you’re not scrubbing the dung deeper into your clothing; you’re just scraping it off.
  2. Take the baking soda and water paste and apply it to the area using your fingers (which is why you should be wearing gloves). Don’t scrub too hard, just apply it over the area. Allow this to sit for an hour or so. This will help to get rid of the stain and to sanitize and deodorize the affected area.
  3. Take the scrubber brush or sponge and wet it with water. Start to gently rub away at the affected area. This has a dual purpose of getting rid of the paste and any of the stain that the paste was eating away.
  4. Repeat the above process until the stain is gone. Wash the article of clothing as usual. Check the article of clothing between washing and drying; if the stain still appears to be there, allow the clothing to air dry and repeat the above process. Using a dryer while it is still stained will make the stain set in more, and make it more difficult (or impossible) to remove.