Tips for Horse Owners

Tips for Horse Owners

Annually the City of Los Angeles issues licenses to 1,500 horses, and collectively, those horses generate more than nine tons of manure every day.

Los Angeles’ horses generate nine tons of manure every day!

While horse manure may be considered natural and organic by some, when it washes into local creeks and rivers and flows into the ocean, its bacteria can cause health problems for swimmers and its fertilizing action can harm marine life.

Here are a few simple practices you can follow to assure a healthy environment for both your horses and our local waterways:

Collection and Storage

  • Collect manure and soiled horse bedding daily and store in sturdy units such as a garbage can.
  • Protect and cover manure storage areas from rainfall.

Use and Disposal

  • Donate composted material to local green-houses, nurseries and/or botanical gardens.
  • Transport manure to topsoil companies or composting centers.
  • Fertilize pastures, cropland and lawns with manure and soiled bedding.

Call the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation at 3-1-1 to arrange horse manure pickup. The City will charge a nominal monthly collection fee for a 30-gallon container.

You may also want to download the Water Pollution Solutions for Horse Owners Brochure for print ready information.