Okay so I remember another thread where people were commenting that they thought AI was great.
Can you tell me why? I am having nothing but a headache. This is my first personal mare to AI. So first is the travelling to the vets 45min away three times to get to the point when she is ready. Then its the call to the stallion owner and finding out that I have another $200 bill for collection that I didn't expect. I got my facts mixed up with looking at other contracts having the first collection included in stud price. Plus the shipping fees. Now after the initial breeding I find my mare did not catch so another round to the vet, another $200 plus shipping fees and add on a $100 fee for getting the stallion to the place of collection and I am well on my way to paying double the stud fee. So where is the plus side in AI?
My other mares it was a simple drive to stallion owner, drop off for a week, pick up, everybody bred and me happy with paying the day rate for their stay plus stud fee.
The only way I can see this not being costly is if I had a shed of mares breeding to the same stallion at the same time. Unfortunatly, most sporthorse/ warmblood stallions seem to be mainly AI only.