There was a thread a while ago about 'manure' and its uses and regimes in horse management. I remember someone commented that leaving manure on paddocks/pasture was not good for horse health. We've finally had some rain here after not having anything to rave about for nearly 4 months. Its a known high-rainfall area (or its supposed to be), so this dry period is very unusual for the area. We prepared 3 large paddocks in the hope of rain. We mulched and harrowed to break up manure and of course horses have been removed so that the paddocks can rest. After 24 hours the paddocks are greening up - almost over night. :rockon: The benefits of harrowing paddocks is HUGE. Its free fertilizer and its already insitu to be used. Harrows are not that expensive to buy or they can be made. But the fact is that harrowing to break up manure balls so that it is available to the soil to uptake is vital for small farm management. Of course the harrowing needs to be done before the 'balls' or pats can dry out to tennisball hardness, but this is easy to do. A regime of harrowing after rotating horses and slashing or mulching will have faster regrowth (which translates to less roughage needing to be fed out) and greater weed control because weeds hate competition. So if you don't have pasture harrows then you should invest in some or make your own using chain and metal bars and some treated logs. Because they are the key to pasture longevity, weed management, assistance for your sowed grass, and as a result of all this = lower feed costs.