Easily collect a viable sample for a fecal egg count with these nine steps outlined by the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

Performing regular fecal egg counts is an important part of internal parasite management for your horses. They suggest you request feces are examined for a strongyle egg count in any horses age two or older.

Use these steps for simple fecal collection:

  1. Write the date and horse’s name on a resealable plastic bag.
  2. Take another resealable plastic bag and turn it inside-out over your hand.
  3. With your hand inside the bag, pick up a fresh fecal mass. Don’t select any that is touching the ground.
  4. Use the other hand to pull the bag over your hand with the sample, turning the bag right side out.
  5. Squeeze out as much air as possible and seal the bag.
  6. Place that bag inside the bag you have labeled.
  7. Store in a cool place, such as a refrigerator.
  8. Deliver your fecal sample to your vet or the testing lab within 48 hours.
  9. Do not place the sample in the freezer or leave it in your car as extreme cold or heat can kill parasites, defeating the purpose of collecting the sample.