Originally Posted by Super Nova
I disagree........the costs you are talking about is what it takes to get a mare in foal......not what it takes to put a foal on the ground.....in my books those are two different things.
All I am suggesting is that anyone breeding should be budgeting for the unexpected.
Even with out complications......I would have had my vet out for a foal and mare check which would have run about $350.00 as it would have been an unscheduled appointment.
From what I got from what you listed the last part was after the mare foaled so that is seperate and could have happened if you bought the foal or any horse. Again may have been a bit different but the cost is still there.
As for the mare and foal check. Not sure why that would have been an emergency call as most vets have openings with in a day of foaling to come out and check the foal. Most can make it that day and as long as you do not need them NOW or after hours it is just a farm call. I have only needed a vet one time after a foal hit the ground for a mare foal check. Been doing this long enough that I know when I need to call a vet and when I do not. However I do believe that if you are new or do not have that experiance definintly call the vet out to be sure. Do not have a problem with that.
When it comes down to it the cost of getting a mare bred and/or a foal on the ground comes down to what you can do vs. what you need a vet for.