- Sep 4, 2009
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Find a stable. Check to be sure that the horses are eating pelleted feed, maybe with some pasture. Hay is unlikely to have much or any residual herbicide bc the most sensitive part of the horse is the digestive system and owners are fussy about their hay. I feed hay 1/2 of the year and I NEVER have had my used bedding compost kill off seeds. Every sweet feed AND all pelleted horse feed comes in plastic 50 lb bags which the owners throw away. Get permission from the stable owner, bring a New roll of duct tape and a shovel and bag up about 1/3 full, so that it doesn't spill, plus it will be heavy. They ALL have manure/stall bedding piles. Your only problem will be grass/straw seeds, but probably the bedding will be pine shavings or sawdust, or even paper. It takes about 4 months for this to cure and be ready for gardening. A little bit of sweat equity and a good tiller will really help.I had trouble with black kow manure compost this year. That long lasting herbicide was in it.