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post #1 of 17 Old 07-08-2013, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Red face Costs of breeding - it quickly adds up!

They say fools breed horses for people to buy, no wonder it is hard to make money from breeding. Lucky for me I am breeding for myself and using very good well known bloodlines so in the event I have to sell I have a market to sell into.

Anyway, I was reading a separate thread where people were asking how much does it cost to breed? I have only the experience of my mare and we did AI from chilled semen so I understand the costs vary significantly. She also did not take the first time. But I found this rather interesting and thought you might too.

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Oh...and just because im curious about the total "cost" of the baby...I've been keeping track. Im at 845.00. Includes stud fee, ultrasounds, and gas $ so far.
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Breeding only costs
Pre-breeding exam: £150
Stud fee: £475 (reduction as dee is a graded mare with great bloodlines)
Vet fee 1st time: £500 (inc lavage and injections)
Caslicks: £100
Call out for 1st scan (negative): £27
2nd Vet fees (AI at home): £300 inc lavages etc
Call out for 1st scan: £27
21 day scan: £45 (she presented with a second follicle which we checked up on)
30 day scan: £45
EHV 1&4 vaccine (outbreak in the uk): £50
Shipping of semen x 3: £330
Transport to vets for 60 day scan: £110
Scan @ vets: £30
Total so far: £1714.00

Costs of keeping the mare for this time
Now add to that the cost of livery since March (when we first started to try)
So that's £260 for four months = £1,040
Stud feed - saracens mare care since January to June (8 bags) @ £14 per bag = £112
Stud balancer now she is pregnant (replacing Saracens feed) @ £26 per bag x 2 bags = £52
Since March x 5 bags Alfa A molasses free @ £13 per bag = £65
Ulcer supplement to help destress dee @£45 per tub ( x 3 tubs) = £135
Wood shavings x 3 bales every two weeks since March (30 bales) at £8.75 per bale = £262.50
Hay (ad lib but roughly two bales a week) @ £4/bale since March = £160
Farrier every 8 weeks (had 3 visits so far) @£80 per visit = £240
TOTAL: £2066.50

TOTAL COST THUS FAR: £3,780.50

Watching mini dee's heartbeat on the screen: Priceless

*gulps* Still, as far as my dad is concerned it was only £5

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post #2 of 17 Old 07-09-2013, 05:13 PM
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ugh... I don't even want to add mine up. Lol
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post #3 of 17 Old 07-11-2013, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Probably best ;)

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post #4 of 17 Old 07-11-2013, 11:35 PM
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Heh. Breeding to the stallions I want, half of that total would just be the stud fee. Then the ultrasounds, AI's (here's to hoping they catch on the first try), shots, deworming, trims, feed, etc... I'd be looking at about $4000 MIN.
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Heh. Breeding to the stallions I want, half of that total would just be the stud fee. Then the ultrasounds, AI's (here's to hoping they catch on the first try), shots, deworming, trims, feed, etc... I'd be looking at about $4000 MIN.
Best not to add it up ;). I love hearing people go 'oh, it will only cost me £500 to breed'..... yeah right! Lol
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post #6 of 17 Old 07-12-2013, 03:29 PM
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LOL
Yeah... You can cut the cost quite a bit by having your own stallion (short term, anyhow - you still have to feed and maintain them) but I don't know any horse that you can feed and maintain for a year bred to a good stallion for $500/year.
Broodmares are like bank sharks. O_0
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At least bank sharks have the curtsey to wear a suit and shake your hand as they rob you :P

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Took me about 3k without the care fees for the next year. But im soooooooooo excited for my baby!! Triple registered AQHA/APHA/PtHA foal out of my supurb ex race mare (who can show English and actually has an amazing western gait) bred to a 4th in APHA world stallion whos fee was half price since its his first year as a public stud!
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At least bank sharks have the curtsey to wear a suit and shake your hand as they rob you :P
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True enough! I usually get peed on or kicked at.
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-13-2013, 12:32 AM
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Well, let's see, that's roughly $5800 US dollars. My first try at breeding took me 2 seasons and 4 shipments and of course, all those AI fees. I added it all up one day and figured out that by the time the foal hit the ground I'd have had to sell her for $30,000.00 US to just break even. Fortunately, I bred her for myself and she was an awesome mother and threw great foals.

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