Ok, so my mare had a surprise filly last week-- our boarding fee is usually paid on the 1st of the month which is friday. How soon is too soon to start paying additional boarding fee's for the filly? She's teasing the grain/pellets and tasting the hay but still resides in her mare's stall and relies heavily on the milk.
I would ask what the increased amount of bedding they are using is and pay that now.... Also.. your mare should be eating a lot more calories in feed. I would ask to have unlimited hay if that is not currently available and ask what the difference in price is so you can furnish that. As far as feed I would request if you purchased the creep feeder if they would install it. That way you can grain the foal yourself and there would be no increased cost to the barn.
My boarded horses in the winter go through 1 wheelbarrow every other day. My mare and foal stalls go through a MINIMUM of one per day... and on wet days TWO per day. So the bedding cost is VERY significant. Lactating mares drink a lot.. pee a lot.. and foals do also. I don't know if they use bales vs bulk but I would ask them to please figure out the increased cost in bedding and what the unlimited hay would be and please get you a bill for it.
Thanks Ghost. A mystery boarder at the barn donated 8 bales of hay and a bag of Mare and Foal a few days after Katie was born. We've spent about $85-$100 on pellets this week. Barn supplies grain 2x a day and we bought the straw last week because sawdust is no good for newborns.
I'm just new to this-- wasn't expecting a foal so I've got a lot of catching up do do on reading that some people get 10 months to prepare for.