Post Number: 28
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 11:21 am: ||
We bred our stud for the first time this week. The mare owner said yesterday that they planning using an E.P.T. (HUMAN) pregnancy test on the mare. I have NEVER heard of this being done before and I think he's just being a cheapskate. I told him that if he did not have her ultrasounded that the contract was void & there would be no LFG. Has anyone heard of a human pregnancy test being used on a mare before?
Post Number: 23
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 11:37 am: ||
there is another thread on here asking about them and if they work. It will not work on the mare. So I would say just what you did get the ultrasound done it wont cost that much to have one done. And he should plan on spending some money if he is breeding his mare.
Post Number: 66
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 01:16 pm: ||
EPT's can read false negative if thyroid is off OR bladder infection is present.
I'd stick with demanding a scan if he wants LFG.
Post Number: 9
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 04:10 pm: ||
I have also heard that these work; an older breeder friend I have swears by them. They're probably not reliable or there'd be an equine version but I'm curious why some people would say they work at all. How would they work? Or are these people that say they work just totally off their rocker?
Post Number: 29
|Posted on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 04:25 pm: ||
Hey - there are lots of crazies out there these days. If it they said it worked, it was probably just by coincidence. I would think that an equine version would have been made available by now if it did work, as it probably would be cheaper than having it confirmed by ultrasound. Then again, you wouldn't know if there were twins without an ultrasound.
Post Number: 10687
|Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 03:00 am: ||
Human EPT's test - strangely enough - for human chorionic gonadotropin, whereas equines - amazing as it may seem - produce equine chorionic gonadotropin - hence, these will not work unless you happen to be testing a human.
Added to that, even if they did work, eCG is not secreted by the mare until about day 35 and is therefore not reliably detectable until about day 40, which is long after it is of any use for evaluation of twinning or the need to rebreed.
Make them go with the ultrasound.