You can perform a quick manure pH test at home to identify signs of hindgut acidosis.
- Purchase a pH strip pack (you can get these on eBay for less than $10)
- When your horse passes manure collect 3-4 ‘balls’ and place them in a ziplock bag. This is to get a ‘cross-section’ of the manure.
- Knead the ziplock bag to combine the manure.
- Open the bag and gently place the strip on the mixed manure. Allow enough time for the strip to soak up moisture and for the colour to develop.
- Compare this colour to the pH chart on your kit.
- The normal pH for horse manure is 6.8. Anything lower than 6.5 indicates an acidic digestive tract and likely points to hindgut acidosis.
- This test is not a substitute for veterinary advice.