The biggest issue for question number one seemed to be that most of us use a different vet depending on the circumstance. Even I have done that, but it didn't occur to me to add that answer as a choice. So while we might use a regular vet for vaccinations and dentals, many people use a sport horse vet or other specialist for diagnosing lamenesses or other more serious concerns.
For me, that's twice a year: once in the spring for vaccinations and fecal counts, and once in the fall for follow-up fecals. In reality, it seems as though I use my vet a lot more often than I like. This year I am certain to hit the "6-10 a year" category since the number is already at four. I still have spring vaccinations and fall fecal counts.
This month was the first time in a few years that I had to have him out to my barn. When I unwrapped Izzy's leg on that first day, the wound was so large and out of my experience level that I didn't feel comfortable re-wrapping it with just quilts and standing bandages and then shoving him back into the trailer. The safest option was to bring the vet to the wound.
I figured most readers would select answer number two as not everyone has access to a trailer, so it surprised me that so many actually do both. I am one of the two who chose the third answer.
Even if I have nothing out of the ordinary, my minimum bill per horse is over $500. My vet is pretty pricey. A standard dental is $175 and that doesn't include the $80 for sedation (I do two horses). Fecal counts are almost $30 (each horse gets two a year) and vaccination are another couple of hundred dollars. There goes more than $500 ... times two.
This year, I am already pretty far over that, but at least one fecal and one dental have already been completed. I hope I don't hit the $5,000 mark, but my yearly bill will definitely be over $1,000 for Izzy.