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post #11 of 17 Old 07-13-2013, 12:45 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.
My sister spent about that trying to get a few mares in foal... Never did get a live foal and lost all that cash. No thanks to useless stallion owners, but that's another subject.
I think it ruined my opportunities for AI.

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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
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My sister spent about that trying to get a few mares in foal... Never did get a live foal and lost all that cash. No thanks to useless stallion owners, but that's another subject.
I think it ruined my opportunities for AI.
Yup to worthless stallion MANAGERS in my case and yup to being a large impetus in what got me back to using mostly live cover. The vet in that case was beyond useless too. I kept telling him to leave the mare's hormones alone and he just could NOT do it. So, the last time I told him to put the entire shipment in the mare and walk away. She finally caught and settled, fancy THAT! From that day on, I've been more and more back to the "less is more", "natural is best whenever possible".

Even this year, when Honey Boo Boo wouldn't stand with foal at side. We took her to OSU for an attempt with AI. We took Skippy and had him collected but what I didn't catch was, they extended the fresh semen instead of just carrying it over to the mare. She didn't catch. So we went to breeding hobbles and guess what? One cover and she's in foal. At least this time it cost me less than $500 to get the job done! I can live with that. Patti is also in foal via live cover, cost = $0. I like that even better.

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post #14 of 17 Old 07-13-2013, 01:17 AM
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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,
$3600

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.
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Is it bad im thinking of all the shoes and clothes that could buy me!

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Is it bad im thinking of all the shoes and clothes that could buy me!
LOL! NO! My husband reminds me fairly frequently that if we didn't have horses we could afford to take a luxury cruise about every 6 months on what we'd save.
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I bought me stallion because of the cost involved with AI. With the number of foals I intend to breed in the future it only made sense.
For my mares there will only be live cover unless I see a stallion that I just have to outcross to. Then I think I will send the mare to a stallion station and use fresh semen only.
I refuse to add up the cost of feeding both the stallion and the mares.
Thankfully I do not have to buy hay or board my horses and the land is paid for free and clear. Shalom
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