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|The bacteria that causes tetanus is commonly found in the soil that is contaminated by horse/cow manure. Horse manure also contains fly eggs and fungus like Pilobolus, Aspergillus, etc.
However, at the same time at the riding academy I used to work at, it would be difficult to find a dog that wouldn't eat horse poop. I never heard of any of the owners reporting any health problems. However, the academy I worked at mucked stalls twice a day and the barn had a concrete flooring so fungus/tetanus wasn't a problem. I wouldn't let your dog eat old, rotting pieces though. I would also keep puppies away from it because of their delicate digestive tract/immune system.
My friend had a puppy husky that had a digestive problem and loved to eat and roll in horse manure. The manure would exacerbate the problem (I mean like explosive diarrhea).
However, unless your dog has an unusual problem like the husky, or if it's really old manure, I wouldn't sweat it.
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