Originally Posted by MyLittlePonies
When starting a breeding business, how many mares do you think is efficent in starting? Would you think 2 mares are enough?
PS. I have my own stallion but I might alternate to have at least one foal out of my stud and bring in new lines to cross with in the future. This can be used as a discussion too.
I tend to think MLP, that you have not enough horse experience under your belt, to be asking about breeding.
Very few make a profit breeding horses. VERY few. A business is a venture which should make a profit or living for the owner. Breeding horses is not a profit-making business, to start up at this time.
Your stallion will not be the correct stallion for all mares you might wish to breed. This is the reason most would purchase top quality mares first and then breed them to top outside stallions.
What breed are we speaking of here?
Where in the world do you live?
Have you enough money, to purchase top quality mares?
Is you stallion top quality and known in his breed for already producing top quality offspring?
Vet bills and bills during foaling, can run into the thousands of dollars. Have you a large budget to cover the cost, if necessary?
Have you a farm with solid fencing and a good barn with a foaling stall?
Have you access to quality feed and lots of it, at all times? Quality hay has been very difficult to obtain, the world over, during this past year.
Have you had experience in foaling?
Do you have a thorough knowledge of the market for your breed?
There are lots more questions I could ask. Show us pictures of your stallion here, so those experienced in the breed, might give you their thoughts.