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I tried looking it up, and really didn't find a concrete answer...a farmer friend has offered horse manure for fertilizer today, and it got me thinking about of course, tetanus spores...do i want manure that has potential spores in it?  I'd rather have cow manure, tho...but that wasn't offered. 

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Not all horses carry tetanus. People have been using horse manure in their gardens for practically eons. I really wouldn't worry about it too much, though the risk seems to lessen w/composting for 90+ days. Tetanus can't survive anywhere there is oxygen & no moisture so aerating the manure/compost by turning it and letting it dry out are good strategies for killing any of the bacteria that might be there. And really ANY livestock manure can have tetanus in it...so you basically don't worry about it OR you get a tetanus booster or both :thumb
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I have a friend who is going to give me horse manure for the garden, and I had not even thought of tetanus. 


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Not all horses carry tetanus. People have been using horse manure in their gardens for practically eons. I really wouldn't worry about it too much, though the risk seems to lessen w/composting for 90+ days. Tetanus can't survive anywhere there is oxygen & no moisture so aerating the manure/compost by turning it and letting it dry out are good strategies for killing any of the bacteria that might be there. And really ANY livestock manure can have tetanus in it...so you basically don't worry about it OR you get a tetanus booster or both :thumb
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Thank you!!  I think i'll pass on the manure, as i cannot be composting/turning soil at this time due to a bad back.  

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Not all horses carry tetanus. People have been using horse manure in their gardens for practically eons. I really wouldn't worry about it too much, though the risk seems to lessen w/composting for 90+ days. Tetanus can't survive anywhere there is oxygen & no moisture so aerating the manure/compost by turning it and letting it dry out are good strategies for killing any of the bacteria that might be there. And really ANY livestock manure can have tetanus in it...so you basically don't worry about it OR you get a tetanus booster or both :thumb
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Sorry, but this is incorrect information and really dangerous.  Tetanus spores are very resistant are are ubiquitous in the environment.  The spores can survive heat and plenty of exposure to oxygen.  It's the bacteria which is anaerobic- there's a big difference.

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Sorry, but this is incorrect information and really dangerous.  Tetanus spores are very resistant are are ubiquitous in the environment.  The spores can survive heat and plenty of exposure to oxygen.  It's the bacteria which is anaerobic- there's a big difference.

Good point on the difference between spores and bacteria.  None-the-less, the  spores themselves cannot be very scary if they are ubiquitous as Tetanus is pretty rare, and not because of vaccination levels.  


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A blast from the past on horses and tetanus...

 

This is timely, my youngest and I have recently started grooming horses (the same place we will get the horse manure from).

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/718292/we-are-getting-a-horse-talk-to-me-about-tetnus


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