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Hints on how to collect urine from your mare


You don't have to wait around for hours for your mare to urinate.

There are, less time consuming and also very clever ways to collect urine.

Horses urinate about once every 6 hours. Unless you know the habits of your mare, it can be tricky catching her urinating so that you can collect a sample for testing with a 'Wee-Foal-Checker' .

By far the simplest method used is to tape an absorbent pad or cloth below the vulva of the mare, the absorbent item can then be removed and the urine squeezed out ready for testing. Do not use nappies or pads that have the absorbent beads in them.

You can also wrap the tail and tie a string as close to the base of the dock as you can with cloth tied to the other end at the right height so when the mare lifts her tail to urinate the cloth drangles in the stream. Make sure the tail wrap and string are not too tight to cause discomfort or damage to your mare, but firm enough to stay in place..

Some mares are very obliging, and will urinate predictably after exercise or feeding, or being put on or taken out of a float or stable, some mares have been trained to urinate on command when whisteld at.

Some mares can often be encouraged to urinate by putting them in a stable with fresh straw. They also often urinate after there morning or afternoon snooze.

It is not necessary to collect the urine sample directly into a container as it is being voided. If you see your mare urinating onto the ground, the urine can still be collected by placing absorbent material (e.g. a paper towel) onto it, and squeezing the urine out into a clean container for subsequent testing by 'Wee-Foal-Checker'. a wee bit of dirt will not effect the test, this method may prove ineffective if the ground is very wet from recent rain which may dilute the urine to much to take an accurate test, you also want to avoid stables that contain wood shavings or have been treated with lime. Colloection containers need to be clean and free of detergent residue and feed additives. Also avoid driveways that have had oil or other contaminents.

Another very reliable method to collect urine is to attach a collection device to the mare. One such device, invented by breeder Gill Booth from KeriKeri, attaches to the mare's cover (horse rug). The device is simple, inexpensive and easy to make, and generally undetected by the mare. A picture of Gill's device is shown below.

Placing some absorbent material in the collection container is also useful, as this prevents all the collected urine splashing out when your mare runs up to greet you! Again the urine can be squeezed out of the absorbent material into a sample container for 'Wee-Foal-Checker' testing.

Avoid collecting from stable shavings or any areas that have been treated with lime or chemicals. Avoid cleaning agents and detergents and feed additives, if collecting from the groud make sure the sample is fairly clean, if there is enough dirt to discolour the urine then it would be wise to get a fresh clean sample.

You can store urine for up to 4 hours in the fridge or 30 days in the freezer. Allow urine to thaw naturally do not thaw in the microwave or under hot water, make sure the test and the urine have reach room temperature before perfoming the test.

We are always interested in hearing of new ways that owners find to collect urine samples from their mares. If you have an alternative method that is not listed here, then let us know and we will post it on this page, and send you a free 'Wee-Foal-Checker' test. To go back to the information page or to order 'Wee-Foal-Checker' Click here

 

 

 

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