04-07-2012, 05:42 PM
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Just so you know, sometimes taking care of the breeding costs of the mare IS often more expensive than buying a live weanling on the ground, especially if she also wants you to pay extra costs on renting the mare. We had a lady who wanted to breed out of our mare, and the costs were astronomical.
Stud fees can range anywhere from $500 to $3000 ALONE. And that DOES NOT include shipping and booking fee. You can get a proven mare discount, but I doubt their mare is proven. And mares rarely catch on the first time. You will be responsible for taking her to the vet every time she needs to be ultrasounded and inseminated, which costs money to pay the vet. This could be done upwards of two or three times depending on your luck (and each time you have to pay $250 in shipping over again). Then you have to pay for the mares shots and vaccinations, her rising feed costs, and her care. And then you have to continue to pay for the mare's care all through the weanling stage.