Horse farms in Chesterfield and Prince George counties are growing.  They require a different management perspective than other livestock, but their contribution to water pollution is similar.  James River SWCD works with horse owners and boarders to better manage their operation and maintain the healthiest conditions possible for both the animals and the environment.

A thorough resource for horse farm management is available from the USDA here: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs141p2_017909.pdf


How Horses Contribute to Water Pollution

       When livestock defecate and urinate, they leave bacteria and nutrients on the ground's surface that can lead to water quality and soil health concerns.  This waste becomes a water pollutant when runoff from a heavy rain carries it to nearby surface waters (streams and ponds), or by the leaching of contaminants through the soil into groundwater.  Horse feces can contribute substantial pollution to our local watershed, but there are many best management practices (BMPs) that horse owners can implement to ensure their farm is as environmentally friendly as possible.

James River SWCD offers free on-farm consultation and technical assistance, as well as several financial incentives to help landowners improve their property. Exclusion fencing, automatic waterers, sacrifice lots, rotational grazing sytems, and manure management programs are some of the practices we can help you install, and in most cases help you pay for.

Call James River SWCD today and ask about our cost-share financial aid and how it can help you and your horses live healthier and happier.