Originally Posted by My2Geldings
Interesting post to show all the fees of breeding. We should start one up of the costs of bringing up a foal to riding age, because the cost of that would be pretty scary to in comparison to buying an already trainer horse
Oh yeah, you never ever want to add that up! LOL! It's excruciating to breed one, raise it until it's 2, get it going, realize it's not ever going to be even a small town hero let alone a Super Hero and so you sell it as a trail horse for $1500 and thank God you got it off the bill. Now, that's not taking into account the awesome personality and babysitter ways of that horse, that make it the PERFECT horse for that little girl or boy.....That's PRICELESS.
I can do a "quick and dirty" though:
I own the stallion and the mare, so 2 X 12 months keep at $150/mo,
12 x 50 for farrier work = $600
2 ultra sounds = $60
4 Rhino shots = $80
Yearly vaccinations just prior to delivery = $140
Deworming x 8 = $20
Now add the foal, 12 X $100 = $1200 (first year upkeep and feed)
12 X $150 = $1800 (2nd year upkeep and feed)
Foal Shots X 3 = $150
Off to trainer for saddle breaking and training at 2, 6 months X $800 = $4800
Roughly $12,500 for a trail horse? OUCH! And that's not counting any show fees you might have put into the foal.......OUCH again!
Now, if you subtract from the cost the amount of pleasure you get from raising the babies and seeing them progress.......awwwww well, you end up rich no matter what you end up selling for.