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post #1 of 11 Old 05-28-2012, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Costs of breeding?-will also be posting pics later today for help stud shopping.

I've been toying with the idea of breeding my mare for over a year. I know I couldn't afford to breed her right now, but I would like to know the round about costs. Obviously stud fees vary greatly, seems for the caliber of horse I'm wanting to breed her to I'm looking at 1,000-1,500 for a stud fee. I see some stud fees come with a LFG, so does that mean for one stud fee you are guaranteed a foal, where as if they don't offer a LFG you may have to pay the stud fee multiple times? If that is the case why would anyone breed to a stud without a LFG? I'm probably looking to breed A/I rather then L/C(even tho my mare is a TB, I'm looking to breed her to a warmblood, ideally I'd like to get her accepted into a warmblood registry before I breed her) It's highly unlikely I'd find a stud locally that I like, and I don't have a trailer(and I really don't like the idea of shipping her away for breeding, I'm a bit of a control freak).
What are the aprox. Costs for A/I breeding(not including stud fees, just vet costs) I know it will vary by location, but just looking for a baseline. I would also need to have a breeding exam done. My mare is 15 and had a foal in 2005 and 2007, so it's been a while. How often are vet checks done once she is confirmed in foal, and what needs to be done at these checks?

I'm hoping to get out to the barn and take come conformation pics to post and get help with finding a suitable stud for if/when the time comes that I want to breed her.

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-28-2012, 01:26 PM
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Rule of thumb: If you don't have $5000 in your back pocket, you're not ready.

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Rule of thumb: If you don't have $5000 in your back pocket, you're not ready.
$5000 seems reasonable, I was expecting the costs to be much higher actually. I don't have 5k just laying around, but it wouldn't be terrible hard to save up that money. Lol I could just wait till I get my tax return next year .

I was just on the Oldenburg registry website and they are holding mare inspections in September at a farm about an hour from me so I most likely going to take her then. I'm about to head to the barn so I'll bring my good camera and hopefully get some conformation shots, as long as someone is there to hold her and square her up for me. I may be alone because of the holiday tho.
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I was also going to say have a good $5000 for breeding costs.

From what I've seen, your looking at paying...
Stud Fee
Collection Fee
Container Deposit (If reusable)
Shipping Fee
Vet Costs (which will vary greatly)

My mare was placed on Regumate because we were worried about her progesterone levels being low. It cost $20.49 for a 7 day supply. If your mare has to be on it, and stay on it for months, it added up quickly. Her ultrasound to confirm pregnancy was $65 + $35 Office Fee. She'll have 1 more ultrasound and then probably a palpation or two before she foals. Depending on what my vet suggests.

We paid over $600 in vets fees when I tried breeding her years ago. Ultrasound to check ovulation, some shot to help with follicle production/ovulation, artificial insemination fees, board for staying the weekend at the vets. And my mare never took through AI. I wasted over $1200 on ONE try. Of course I could have continued to fork out money but we decided not to.

Also with a LFG, most times they will state that the foal standing and nursing is considered a live foal. Therefore is you have a stillborn or baby dies before nursing due to whatever, or your mare aborts, then you are able to rebreed. But look at the fine print because some will state "rebreed at half price" so if you pay $1500 stud fee, you could end up paying $750 if your foal dies.

Many farms will require a 30 day ultrasound to check if she took, and 90 day ultrasound to make sure she's still in foal.

Others will state that you pay collection and shipping costs and that can still run you over $800 depending on the stallion owner's prices. And then of course, you are still paying vet bills to re-AI your mare, re-ultrasound your mare etc.

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I would definetely save up 5,000. :)
Just for A.I. This year I paid around 600 as well minus the collection and a few other fees. I tried twice with out a foal yet. Still trying to see what's going on with her. Hoping its just a tiny infection and not totally infertile...
LFG is basically if a mare aborts, has still born, or doesn't concieve, you usually have to just pay shipping and collection, but each stallion varies.
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I would definetely save up 5,000. :)
Just for A.I. This year I paid around 600 as well minus the collection and a few other fees. I tried twice with out a foal yet. Still trying to see what's going on with her. Hoping its just a tiny infection and not totally infertile...
LFG is basically if a mare aborts, has still born, or doesn't concieve, you usually have to just pay shipping and collection, but each stallion varies.
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I agree with saving up to somewhere around 5k or so. I tried to breed my mare the year before last. She was AI'd three times, didn't take. The board and shots she received cost 1k for two months, the breeding fee was 2.5k. It took me a year to pay that off, lol. The stable she was at covered all the ultrasounds/palpations or it would have been much higher.

I do get a rebreed, but have to pay a booking fee all over again, plus the cost of board/shots, so it will run about another 450 a month or so while she is there. I will have over 5k in this foal before it hits the ground, which was a lot more than I thought it would be at the time I sighed over the stallion and decided I had to have a foal by him, lol.
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The colt I have on the ground now cost me under $1600 to put in the ground including stud fee. It just comes down to what you can do what you need a vet to do and the cost of that vet.
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For my horse I bred 2 years ago. I did live cover. It cost me $200 in ultra sound. Plus the extra feed, Shots when born. Vet out to check her when she was born was $150. But that was about it. I had $1750 into her as a 2 year old, without the $1000 breeding fee.

Last year a failed AI cost me over $600.

This year im up to $150 for ultra sound for live cover. (not in foal). Plus I have another ultra sound in a few weeks.

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The colt I have on the ground now cost me under $1600 to put in the ground including stud fee. It just comes down to what you can do what you need a vet to do and the cost of that vet.
I agree, my colt cost was even less than that! The ultrasound only cost $40, but I had live cover so no shipping/collecting/etc fees.
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