There is nothing like a truckload of fresh horse manure.
I found the source for this manure on Craig’s List about 2 year ago. The man lives a hour away and he has four horses. He scoops the manure out of the area where he keeps the horses. There is no bedding mixed in with it, just a rock every now and then. So basically, it is pure straight fresh horse manure. There is a group of four of us that rotate to pick up the manure around the 1st of each month. My pick up was Jan 1.
I can only fit about half of the pile in my truck (Chevy S10) and normally the guy that picks up the month after me gets my left-overs. This month I asked my neighbors if they wanted to go with me and fill their truck too. YES! We each filled our trucks.
About a year ago my neighbors introduced me to a family that has a horse stable about 7 miles from us and I am able to go anytime and get a load of manure from them. It is the stuff that is mucked out from the stalls and has bedding mixed in with it. They use a really fine cedar shaving for the bedding, so the mixture is really fine and broken up when ever I load it.
When my neighbors agreed to come on my manure run with me I told them it was an hour away and they still wanted to go. The man with the horses was thrilled we could get it all in one trip. My neighbors were thrilled with the quality of the manure that they have agreed to go with me when my next pick date comes around.
Ten years ago I never would have thought I would get excited about a truck load of manure. Seven years ago when I bought my truck to use for hauling my set-up and supplies to do art shows around Southern California and Arizona I never would have dreamed of putting manure it in (that would get it all dirty you know!) Now my little truck is seeing a whole new world; loads of manure, loads of mulch, and loads of tree trimmings to take to get chipped up.
A beautiful load of manure or mulch is just another one of those little things that make me happy.