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post #1 of 5 Old 04-07-2012, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Question I'm interesting in breeding a foal of my friends mare...

I currently have a youngster, rising 2yo standing at 15.1 to make 16.1. However, I have now got the baby-bug! I am interested in breeding a foal of my own, rather than finding one that has already been born who fits my criteria, but as I do not have a mare who I could breed from - and I am not willing to buy a mare simply for this purpose - I am looking into the possibility of breeding from my friends mare. What are the legalities of putting someone else's mare to a stallion of my choice, and for the foal to be mine out-right when it is born? Does anyone have any experience of this?
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-07-2012, 01:20 PM
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It's called a breeding lease.

Generally, you'll pay for everything, including all medical and maintenance costs for the mare during pregnancy and until the foal is weaned.

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Ah, this was similar to a situation we had at one time. We had a mare and she didn't take to the stallion well my aunt gave her breeding to our mare since there wasn't a live foal guarantee and we ended up with a foal the year after. Only trouble is she wanted the foal so she could sell it. She gave the breeding to us. In your situation, write something up so everything is taken care of such as responsibilities of who does what before you breed. Its simple if you both agree to everything :) good luck!
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What are the special qualities your friends' mare has that make her the perfect mare to lease for breeding? What are you looking to produce out of the mare? Have you considered certain stallions?

Just "having the baby bug" isn't a legitimate reason to breed, IMO.

Make sure you have a specific goal in mind, and look for a mare and stallion combination that will give you the best chance at producing the perfect foal for your needs. Then you can start looking for mares to lease, if you are serious about it.
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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.
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