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    04-14-2013, 04:26 PM
When I've had to collect for the Weefoal kits before,I would go out,usually earlier in the morning when the horses are "waking up",spread some fresh straw in the corral or round pen,lead the mare to the straw,and stand by,ready with my little dish.Within a few minutes,the mare would nose around the straw,then squat.I would then quietly ease behind her,stick the bowl under the stream,and voila,urine sample collected. :) Mares love to relieve themselves on fresh straw. But,if she won't let you near her when she's going,I'm not sure if that would work or not..
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    04-14-2013, 11:34 PM
Ky-Yeah I did think of that, so I have one tampon tied into her tail, then another tied to that tampon, then another tied to that one, so hopefully one of the three dangling off each other should catch some

I tried the getting some from the ground last night, didn't work for me as it has just been raining so the ground was all wet and I couldn't find a puddle, but I'll try again today.

Glynnis-I like that idea, the stick should work, I can stand near her when she pees, but having me around her back end just doesn't work as she's a very scared little horse, maybe I can find one of the "Sheppard sticks" and duct tape a container to that I'll try that my parents are going to think I've gone mental.

QtrBel-I don't mind getting some on me, I'm training to be a vet nurse and I stay behind in the clinic after course to help and learn.... Yeah, animal pee/poop/vomit/blood etc is a regular occurrence on my and my clothes, so a little mare pee I don't mind

Reckyroo-she is an ex-racehorse, but I don't think they taught her very well cause I whistle all the time around both of the horses and neither of them pee, though they are both ex-racers maybe it's just not the right tone

Countryryder-She's very nervous about people being behind her after her younger days, she was rescued little over a year ago now, and we got her in August... But maybe I caan spread some fresh straw out and then use the stick idea or something haha. I'll try again tonight, cause she always pees around feeding time
    04-15-2013, 04:35 AM

I used the method that Glynnis found... Good old duct tape come in handy there, I have photos of DJ tonight, and my pee catching contraption but my laptop seems to be in a disagreement with me right now and won't let me load the photos anywhere
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    04-15-2013, 04:51 AM
OK, lets see if I've won the pc argument

This is the pee catching device I rigged up... Yes, that is a coleslaw container from the supermarket Deli, duct taped to a broom handle.

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    04-15-2013, 09:38 AM
That should do it!!
    04-15-2013, 01:49 PM
Hahaha! Glad I could be of assistance.
    04-16-2013, 02:17 AM
Yes thankyou Glynnis, and everybody else who contributed ideas, the sample is off to the lab tonight, and the guy runs his labs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I should get an answer sometime soon... Although, if the vet couldn't convince my parents, then I'm not sure why the lab tests would, but hey, you never know right!
    04-18-2013, 04:25 AM
Well, that was an interesting turn of events.
I just got a phone call from the guy who run the lab tests, and the tests have come back saying she is not in foal.

So there's a few options...
-Either, the vet was wrong when DJ was examined.
-The lab test was wrong.
-Or could she have lost the foal between then and now without us knowing??
What would the most likely scenario be??

I don't even know now. Crap.

I'll be honest here. I'm a little disappointed in the lab results if they are correct, it means that I have prepped and planned for a foal that is not to be, and have spent time doing that, when I could have been training her and sorting out her problems.
But in the same way, I'm glad that the test results have come back negative (if correct) because now it means that the health of my mare isn't in jeopardy, that she won't have any complications during labour, and at the end of the day, I don't have to worry about having another mouth to feed, and training a brand new set of legs from scratch, as well as everything else that comes with a foal.
    04-18-2013, 10:24 PM
Well that must have been a shock...I can understand your disappointment ...I know you had been preparing for a foal...:(...but like you said... the news does have some advantages....:)
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    04-19-2013, 12:27 AM
Originally Posted by anniegirl    
Well that must have been a shock...I can understand your disappointment ...I know you had been preparing for a foal...:(...but like you said... the news does have some advantages....:)
It was a bit of a shock yeah, now I'm just debating whether I send off some bloods to be tested, or just believe the urinalysis.. Which brings me back to wondering whether the vet exam was incorrect to start with, or if she lost the foal between January and now.

It does have it's advantages, and in a way I'm glad because when I first found out she was paddocked with colts I was absolutely horrified at the thought of having a foal born around 3 wire electric fences, on a dairy farm, with me who has no foaling experience etc etc etc
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