It's not a personal thing at all...ultrasounding is the responsible thing to do..what if something was wrong, you would never know until the foal was either dead or complications at birth happened.
We can agree to disagree. :)
I still think it's more of a personal preference. I know several people who have bred mares and never ultrasounded and everything was fine.
Typical 'having a foal on the cheap' attitude, y'all. Best to just let her learn from experience.
Unfortunately, it's the mare and any potential foal who will suffer from lack of proper medical care, but I guess it's okay as long as the OP gets what SHE wants.
I am giving proper medical care. The mare is up to date of vaccinations and coggins and she's on proper feed with proper supplements. She gets round the clock access to salt and water and grass and gets hay all winter, etc.. and I will personally be giving her any and all vaccinations she needs throughout the pregnancy. The only thing I'm not planning on doing is an ultrasound, because I just don't see it as a major need. The stallion I'm breeding her to has never thrown twins, and the chances of twins is so rare that it's just too unlikely.
I also plan on being there when she gives birth, if possible (even if I have to take off work and stay up several nights in a row), and will have the vets number right by the telephone if something happens. She will also give birth in the pasture behind the house, as by that time it will be finished and will be her permanent pasture.
Though, if she doesn't take this time, I highly doubt I'll try for a third time.