Horse Manure Composting
Over the past 10 years, O2Compost has developed a wide range of
styles and sizes for horse manure composting systems. In all cases,
we utilize the Aerated Static Pile (ASP) method of composting as
a way to optimize the composting process and mitigate problems associated
with offensive odors, flies and impacts to water quality. With this
method, air (i.e., oxygen) is introduced into the pile using an
Initially, we began with large aerated compost systems given that
this is where the manure management "problem" was the
most obvious. As time went on, however, it became very apparent
to us that the more significant need was for smaller compost systems
to manage manure from farms and stables with as few as 1 or 2 horses.
As of June 1, 2007, O2Compost has successfully completed over 250
compost systems throughout the US and Canada. Our goal is to double
that number by the end of 2008. These systems were designed for
virtually every imaginable set of conditions (e.g, hot, cold, arid
and humid climates) and, in all cases, they have become fully integrated
in the farm's routine method of operation.
The following discussion provides numerous examples of our aerated
compost systems. While this page focuses on horse manure and waste
bedding, the principles apply equally well to all forms of agricultural
manure and, in fact, all forms of organic "waste". Examples
of other agricultural, municipal and institutional compost systems
are found on companion pages.