I'm very excited about a "present" the hubby got us. A Newer Spreader. It's a little manure spreader and we love it! We do think it's overpriced but haven't found a better alternative or a DIY. We bit the bullet and are actually quite pleased. Composted manure can't go through most spreaders like that hefty seed spreader I was hoping would work; you need a manure spreader. This is perfect, I can fill it up with my composted manure or fresh if I want and then spread it over the fields.
We no longer use a wheel barrow to pick the fields instead we use a harrow (here's an example) that breaks up the poop and lets it decompose into the soil. This is just an added tool for that spreading of nutrients into the field concept. In the winter the horses seen to mainly poop in the wormhole and thus we can't use the harrow so we have to pick that up and place it in piles
This will be great as we take several large piles of composted manure and spread it over the fields along with seed and lime. We have a lot to do to rejuvenate the pastures and get them less weedy but that is another post. The intent was to do that this fall but I just didn't have the time to do that spreading by hand. It's so helpful having the tools we need finally!! More tools means a faster job and thus more time with the ponies!!!