Katie Barksdale with student Haley Bustle riding Rocket
Please explain trip fees.
Can I bring my horse to you?
What methods of payment are available?
I want to breed my mare. What next?
I need a consult. Do you do that?
1. Please explain trip fees.
A trip fee will be calculated based on mileage from our office. Fifteen miles away can expect roughly a $40 trip fee. This fee can be split between owners at one location.
2. Can I bring my horse to you?
Most of our visits are ambulatory, which means we make farm calls. We can occasionally accommodate haul-ins at Burchett Equine Center, for example, if you live outside of our call area or have an urgent matter. This is done on an individual basis, so please contact our office for more information.
3. What methods of payment are available?
Payment is expected at time of service unless previous arrangements have been made with our office. We accept cash, check, and Visa/Mastercard/American Express credit cards. We do recognize that unexpected situations occur, so please feel free to ask questions so we can accommodate your needs.
4. I want to breed my mare. What next?
To Culture or Not to Culture? So, you have a mare you'd like to breed. You want to save time and money. How do you know if a uterine culture is a sound investment?
Any mare who has previously foaled, had a positive culture, or spent an "open" season may be a candidate. Just because she doesn't look infected or have a tipped vulva doesn't mean she's clean. Culturing prior to beginning the breeding process can certainly save money in the long run. Some stallion owners even require the mare to have a clean culture prior to the first shipment, so be sure to check your contract. Plus, knowing what organisms you may be up against is beneficial - it can save you time and drug costs.
Maiden mares are not routinely cultured, but any mare that doesn't get pregnant in a timely manner with sound breeding management should be evaluated. Remember: knowing the problem is half the battle.
5. I need a consult. Do you do that?
Consults or second opinions on radiographs, lab results, or even a re-examination are just as common in veterinary practice as they are in human medicine. Don't be afraid to ask questions or tell us that we're giving a second opinon! We can best serve you if we have the complete history, and we can keep your cost lower if we know what's already been done, looked at, or tried. We can receive radiographs or ultrasound images digitally or by email, and we handle each consult or second opinion on a case-by-case basis with the utmost care and confidentiality.