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Hantering av hästgödsel i ridskoleverksamheter: En kartläggning av ridskolors hästgödselhantering och de faktorer som påverkar val av hanteringsalternativ i Västernorrlands län
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

There are around 600 riding schools in Sweden and the horse manure must be managed in some way. To see the extent to which the handling of horse manure can be regarded as a problem both for the environment and for the riding school the purpose of this study has been to investigate how riding schools handle horse manure that is produced, the factors that influence the choice of handling option, and the businesses’ satisfaction with the chosen handling option. A mixed design using both quantitative and qualitative methods was used in order to answer the research questions. Data was collected through interviews and the content of the interviews was subject to analysis and interpretation. Most riding schools argued that the selection of handling options was either based on environmental/recycling aspects, or economic aspects. However, the availability of spreading areas was found to be the underlying factor that determined the handling of horse manure. The results revealed that about half of the riding schools did not have access to their own spreading areas. These riding schools were mainly large businesses located in urban areas. They showed a tendency to be dissatisfied with handing over horse manure to farmers and/or entrepreneurs, and were interested in alternative solutions. There is potential for riding schools to take advantage of the opportunity to transform manure into a renewable resource. By doing so, they can dispose of horse manure and at the same time get energy to their own benefit.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 22 p.
Keyword [en]
Horse manure, riding school, spreading area, combustion, digestion, mixed method
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122897OAI: diva2:942333
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Länsstyrelsen i Västernorrland
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Available from: 2016-06-23 Created: 2016-06-23 Last updated: 2016-06-23Bibliographically approved

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