PH of Horse Manure

Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by madison, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. madison

    madison Well-known Member

    Weird question I know but does anyone have any idea what the normal PH is of horse manure?
  2. SueC

    SueC New Member

    Allegedly just under pH 7, so very slightly acidic; however, it varies with feed and with gut conditions. High grain rations result in more acidic manure, and are also associated with gut ulcers in horses.
  3. madison

    madison Well-known Member

    Thanks for that SueC. I only wanted to know because my horse suffers from gas colic so I'm playing around with what's normal for everyone else so I can compare her
  4. Thatest

    Thatest New Member

    pH 8 is about right for the start. You don't really need to buffer it because the mycelium metabolics will acidify the substrate as it colonizes. I suspect insufficient or improper pasteurization or contaminated spawn is the culprit.
  5. Caroline

    Caroline Well-known Member

    What the hell do you mean?? Layman's terms please. :}

    Or spamming is the way to go............. :confused:
  6. madison

    madison Well-known Member

    I checked her manure last night and the PH is 7 so it appears that's not the problem. I'll check it next time she gets gas colic to see if it's changed
  7. SueC

    SueC New Member

    Yes, I was scratching my head about Thatest's post too. It sounded like that post was about the composting of horse manure, with its talk of mycelial metabolites (I think they meant, not metabolics). A mycelium is a technical term for the "body" of a fungus; a threadlike net found underground, or on the surface of Brie etc, or in mouldy bread, the compost heap etc. (The mushroom bit of the fungus is its fruiting body. Not all fungi have it in that form. Kind of the mushroom is the apple, the mycelium is the apple tree.)

    Anyroad, I'd be worried if I found mycelium in my horse's gut. It'd probably mean it was dead, and then I'd wonder why I hadn't noticed. (Fungi are mostly decomposers.)
  8. Skittled

    Skittled Well-known Member

    Madison, have you tried including akapellets in your horses feed?
  9. madison

    madison Well-known Member

    She used to get them but they didn't seem to make any difference

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