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    01-14-2013, 11:49 AM
I don't pay board and we put up our own feed plus they they are on grass pasture. We have a maternity barn since we raise 400 head of cattle. The stud I picked out would cost about $900 with stud fee and mare care. I work for my grandparents farm that I also live on but the time I put in here pays for my vaccinations and farrier work so that's nothing out of my pocket. Only thing I pay for is stud fee, any vet bills, and $400 to start it and I can finish it. Im not worried about it taking 5 years for it to be a productive horse bc both my mares, granted nothing happened, will be fine to show until the foal is ready.
I do see that there are so many horses out there bc of senseless breeding. But many are from unworthy studs or mares. These two have proven their great mares. I've won a lot of money off them and saddles. I have yet to go to a show and not have someone compliment my 12 yr old and I've had many offers to buy on both of them. So its not just me. I've had two kids and both times they werent ridden for some time since my body wouldnt let me ride. And the next year I got on them, barely having time to condition them but we won a saddle with in 4 months of getting back to riding.
But I do see the advantage of buying a foal on the ground. I've done this twice. One yearling got a shoulder injury and I did all I could, even taking her to the university vet clinic but I ended up selling her bc she would never be sound to ride. In the pasture she looked fine but once you started riding (as a coming 4yr old) she would begin limping. The next was doing great as a 4 yr old we were sorting calves and cows on the farm and she would freak out. Once even rearing over sideways with me. After that whenever she got pressured up she reared. Once again I did what I could for over a year but ended up selling her for a pleasure horse.
Both breeding and buying are gambles just in different ways.
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    01-14-2013, 12:08 PM
OP its sounds as if you have the facilities and the cost would be minimal.
It is your decision and you are the one that utlitmately is responsible.
Just remember that time may be running out for the 17 YO.
Around here if I plan on breeding a mare past her late teens we do so at least every 2 years or so. The 27 YO mare took several tries to impregnate for her last foal. There is a 21 YO mare here that has not foaled in 7 years and did not conceive last year .
Then again the 27 YO surprised us when she foaled. Thought she was too old and while I was out of the country turned into a pasture with a young 2 YO stallion for a couple of days to help settle him down. 11 months later a very nice filly. Shalom
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    01-14-2013, 11:56 PM
Buying is way cheaper. I've seen some terrible threads where the mare/foal gets sick and just wracks up the vet bills
    01-15-2013, 12:05 AM
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Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Personally, for me with the minimal expenses I have, breeding is less expensive. There is the added advantage of not inheriting a problem, or more, that you are unaware of. One wrong choice, and the vet/training bills will kill you. This is not to say it's not admirable to buy. I have done so and currently have several rescues I'm supporting. But to get what I want, with all the assurances I prefer, I'm breeding my own.
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    01-15-2013, 01:09 AM
I agree with Druydess. It is cheaper to breed for those with the facilities and quality mares to get a good foal that meets your needs.
Buying is as risky as breeding if not more so. In the 30 years I have bred my own mares I have yet to rack up any expensive vet bills due to foaling.
I run the same risk if not more buying a young prospect whose history I do not know as I do breeding a mare.
It is a chance I am willing and financially able to take. Shalom
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