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post #1 of 22 Old 02-16-2013, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Is the booking fee generally in addition to the breeding fee or part of it? For instance (I made up the costs for simplicity):

Booking Fee $100
Breeding Fee $300

So is that a total of $400 and you are done or is it actually $300 with a $100 deposit?

Also, is that the whole fee (in general) or is there a shoot fee and mare care fee added into it?

Also, If you choose to go with AI then obviously you pay your vet fee and the shipping and handling fee, but is there another fee tacked onto that?

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post #2 of 22 Old 02-16-2013, 12:15 PM
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Usually, the booking fee is included in the breeding fee.

$100 booking fee.
$300 stud fee.
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$300 total fee.

Some breeders charge collection fees, some breeders include the collection fee with the breeding, or first shipment is fee.

When I did AI before, I had to put a $250 deposit on the container that was used for shipping the semen, I got about $220 after shipping fees were subtracted. $250 per extra collection and shipment. Plus whatever the stud fee was.
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I've only bred once and was given a deal because I knew the stallion owner personally, so the fee I paid was a straight fee. Now I'm kicking around the idea of breeding just one more time OR buying a yearling. I have been looking at the fees and is it just me or have they gone WAY up?

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Fee's like that drive me nuts.

My stallion is at $1200 and that's it. No booking fee, no mare care...
I'll do discounts (multi-mares, champion mares, reference discounts) but no extra fees. Just seems wrong to me.
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I've only bred once and was given a deal because I knew the stallion owner personally, so the fee I paid was a straight fee. Now I'm kicking around the idea of breeding just one more time OR buying a yearling. I have been looking at the fees and is it just me or have they gone WAY up?
I've seen some pretty spectacular breeding fees...$8000 for a genetically unclean horse? No thanks. But... people pay it to have that big name in their pasture.
It's a buyers market though - you'll only get what people will pay for.

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You should check out the "Proof it isn't cheap to breed sticky at the top of this forum. There's a lot of good wxaples of various fees. Going by memory I paid approx:

$1000 stud fee including $200 booking fee
$260 per ultrasound (& farm call fee) X 6 visits before and after. About $1560 (In retrospect I would have just sent her to the vet for a flat fee vs having the vet not listen to me and do it at my place inciting all the farm call fees..)
$400 in misc vet fees: Hormone preps, utirune biopsy (required by stallion owner to qualify for LFG), Caslicks, actual AI.
$200 collection fee from stallions vet
$50 container deposit & the rent rental fee.
$150 Same day shipping costs (stallion is in the same area, so I needed to use private courier.)
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I would LOVE to breed to Zips Chocolate Chip but his contract has me confused and then I also really like Sudden Vantage....

http://www.downtherail.com/zipschocolatechip.htm

But then I think, that is a lot of money for a maybe? I could pay that for a yearling on the ground yet... that's still a maybe isn't it?

Of course Beauty does have great confirmation per every vet that has ever seen her and the farrier and a trainer that offered to buy her for a broodmare (while this board ripped her apart!)....

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Fee's like that drive me nuts.

My stallion is at $1200 and that's it. No booking fee, no mare care...
I'll do discounts (multi-mares, champion mares, reference discounts) but no extra fees. Just seems wrong to me.
In my experience all of the extra fees and cost don't come from the stallion owner, but the vets that facilitate the care and breeding to happen.
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In my experience all of the extra fees and cost don't come from the stallion owner, but the vets that facilitate the care and breeding to happen.
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I would think they would include. There would be the vet on their end and the vet on my end. 2 vet fees. The collection portion should be covered in the shipped seaman fee which is a different fee from a live coverage....

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I've never had a "shipped semen fee" the standard fees for AI, at least in the Warmblood/Sporthorse world, are: Stud, Collection, Container & Shipping (Which is the actual Courier/FedEx cost).

There's a great book called: Shipping Semen? How to Have a Successful Experience, that outlines these costs.
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