Originally Posted by Kansas Spice Girl
I didn't know you could use regular spa strips! Do you have to do anything special?
Oh, and I know how you feel! Its super wet and muddy here. My mare is still 30 days till her due date so I don't want to stall her yet, but every chance she gets she gets filthy! She especially likes to wallow in the mud after being brushed :)
Nothing really special, you can buy the 6 way strips at our local hardware store, your only looking at the ph level and the hardness, (which is calcium) buy a gallon of distilled water, and mix your mild a 3:1 ratio, if you have 1cc of milk use 3 cc's distilled water. Dip your test strip and wait the time on the box to read the faster it changes the better. When they are ready hardness will be at 400ppm or higher but ph is the one that really helps and that will start at the highest and when your within about 12 to 24 hours it will drop way out like off the chart low 6.4 or lower. Works like a charm for me and I don't lose sleep anymore, the worst I've had is last yr one mare held out 3 days after she tested ready...but I say if nothing else it tells you when they wont foal, Im glad I still only lost 3 nights of sleep instead of 3 weeks!