Okay, I have to speak up.. if you're paying less than $1000 for a stud fee... chances are that stud isn't very good, and you're going to get a less-than-mediocre foal from it.
Oh that note, there are plenty of cruddy stallions out there with a high price tag as well... you have to be on the lookout. But generally a stallion worth breeding to will have a stud fee around $1500.
There is a huge huge overpopulation problem right now... honestly, please please go to your local auction, see what's selling to the meat man, and ask yourself - why will this horse be better than those poor horses going to slaughter?
You cannot say 100% that you will be able to provide for this horse forever - NONE of us can.. anyone can fall on hard times, and we have to make sure that we give our horses a fighting chance to find a good home in case of that.
So ask yourself...
- Why is this mare special enough to be breeding?
- Why is the stallion special enough to be breeding? Why is he worthy of his "manhood"? What has he done to prove himself to be worthy of breeding?
- What flaws does your mare have? Are they "fatal" flaws, or just minor ones? Are you choosing a stallion that will counter any minor flaws?
- What are you breeding the foal for? Different stallions have different body types for different disciplines. What is your mare bred for? Example, generally you won't see a halter-bred horse doing well in the reining world.
- Are you prepared to train the foal?
There are TONS of well-bred (non-Impressive) foals out there for dirt cheap right now. There's a reason.. the market is flooded.
Okay, I'm done.