The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep. 20, 2008
    Location
    Beautiful Western Washington
    Posts
    1,342

    Default spa strip help help please :)

    Not sure if ponies cook longer, but waiting for one of my mares to deliver a foal by Gold of Capri. She is over her 'usual' time frame but Ive been testing the milk. Its gone from salty to progressively very sweet, thick, sticks to side of glass etc.. she is softer, not 'ready', but getting soft at the croup, very cuddly and affectionate, ... all the good signs. But the strip numbers haven't dropped... in fact this evening went back up to a PH reading of 9.0 The first strips I was using were outdated, so these are brand new. They are Insta-test 4 if that makes a difference. Is there a chance they are wrong? They have been very reliable before so this has got me puzzled. Can numbers drop quickly even if previous deliveries have been predictable with the progression? Or am I relying on them too much? TIA!
    www.windhorsefrm.org and on Facebook too!
    Where mares rule and Basset Hounds drool!



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan. 28, 2002
    Location
    Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    4,558

    Default

    Did you dilute the milk in distilled water first? Either 1/2 cc of milk to 3 cc of distilled water or 1 cc of milk to 6 cc of distilled water. If you don't dilute it in distilled water first, the pH will be off the charts
    www.DaventryEquestrian.com
    Home of Welsh Pony, ISR/Oldenburg & RPSI pony stallions Daventry's Power Play, Goldhills Brandysnap LOM & Alvesta Picasso
    Also home to www.EquineAppraisers.com



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep. 20, 2008
    Location
    Beautiful Western Washington
    Posts
    1,342

    Default

    oohh.. I used filtered water, not distilled. I didnt add very much. Would using the milk plain change anything?

    Crumb..now I think I should go pull her in...
    www.windhorsefrm.org and on Facebook too!
    Where mares rule and Basset Hounds drool!



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec. 13, 1999
    Location
    Greensboro, NC
    Posts
    35,574

    Default

    You can pH test plain milk, but you do need distilled (not regular, not filtered, not anything else) to more or less accurately test the calcium.

    And, it has to be in the 6:1 ratio of water to milk. 6cc water and 1cc milk, or 3cc water and .5cc milk
    ______________________________
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar. 28, 2006
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    3,373

    Default

    Testing plain milk will give you a wildly inaccurate result. (I tried it, and nearly missed my mare foaling!!)

    Do pick up some distilled water and test at the ratio Daventry mentioned. It DOES make a difference!

    Good luck!

    (And for whatever it's worth, usually my pony babies bake fast and are born 1 to 3 weeks ahead of 340 days, but this year I had two mares go way over -- one to 372 and one to 379!)
    Family Partners Welsh Ponies - Home of Section B Welsh stallion *Wedderlie Mardi Gras LOM/AOE http://www.welshponies.com
    Click here to buy: A Guide To In Hand Showing of Your Welsh Pony



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan. 28, 2002
    Location
    Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    4,558

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    You can pH test plain milk
    Like Gretchen, I can't either...and I've tried several different kinds of pH strips. When I test it with straight milk, the pH is always high, high, HIGH. If I test it immediatey with distilled water, then I get 6.4, 6.8, etc.

    So that and the filtered water is why you are getting wonky pH numbers, while the rest of her is saying "I'm getting close".
    www.DaventryEquestrian.com
    Home of Welsh Pony, ISR/Oldenburg & RPSI pony stallions Daventry's Power Play, Goldhills Brandysnap LOM & Alvesta Picasso
    Also home to www.EquineAppraisers.com



Similar Threads

  1. Vinyl strip doors
    By Coyoteco in forum Around The Farm
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: Sep. 18, 2011, 05:53 PM
  2. Anyone have a Vinyl Strip Door?
    By Fessy's Mom in forum Around The Farm
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: Nov. 16, 2010, 07:00 PM
  3. Fly Strip - PSA
    By fooler in forum Around The Farm
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: Aug. 17, 2010, 10:17 PM
  4. Beval Bridle - Should I strip it?
    By Void in forum Hunter/Jumper
    Replies: 48
    Last Post: May. 18, 2010, 08:38 AM
  5. my KINGDOM for a fly strip...
    By pintopiaffe in forum Around The Farm
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: Nov. 11, 2009, 06:36 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
randomness