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post #1 of 5 Old 05-11-2011, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question Blood Test Results Inconclusive?!

So I was going back and forth whether Brick was definitely pregnant and had posted on her before and well got sick of pondering and gathered the money and paid for a $120 blood test because we thought she was going to foal the end of April, as per the old owner. I bought her March 28th and the old owner also said she was only 4 with 3 prior foals on the ground and this being her first... I thought she had to be mistaken and asked her several times if she was sure and well she said she was positive and that at the latest she was only 5yrs old. Well the vet firmly disagrees. She checked the teeth and said definitely around 9 or 10yrs old, she also said she had a small bag building up but if she has had foals prior than maybe it was just how she was. I don't agree with it being from past foals. She didn't have anything at all when we brought her home, just swollen nipples.

Anyways, she took the test and left... well 5 days later she calls me and says the test was a yes and no! She was right in the middle of the two values for a yes she's pregnant and no she isn't pregnant. She says she called the lab and the lab said she is either in early pregnancy, aborting the foal(which the lab said was highly unlikely and very rare) or sometimes the hormones drop within a week of foaling, which from time of sample taken gives us until this weekend for her to foal.

Now I called the old owner back and asked if Brick had come in contact with a stallion and she said she didn't think so but she had to think about it. She also said Brick was still 4yrs old. So her creditability is pretty much gone in my mind. I ended up simply asking her if she did had a stallion on the property at all from Jan-Mar 28th and she said she did so I'm going to take a wild gamble here and think if the hormone value suggests she is about 70-120days pregnant than the test is right and she is just unsure of anything. She seems like a wonderful person but to me, I'd have taken more note of if a stallion got in with a mare, but maybe I'm just anal.

But do you think I'm right in my thinking? The vet wants to wait a week and if no foal by Monday she will use the same blood sample for the other test meant for early pregnancy. Anyone else have this happen? Was your mare pregnant or not? Could it be a misread?

Only I would have a pregnancy test be screwed up lol I have the luck of a frog crossing the highway at 5pm.
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-11-2011, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and if the hormone progesterone is in the system at all shouldn't that be a positive right off the bat? Is she pregnant but just not sure how far along?
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-11-2011, 04:07 PM
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Why didn't the vet palpate her to find out for sure?
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Oh, Maybe I should specify that she is a mini horse and the vet won't palpate her because she's 30" tall and the vet says her hands are too big.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-16-2011, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone have any ideas??? Still no foal so I guess I'll pay for another test but just thought maybe someone had an idea or had it happen to them before.
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