Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: secret mountain valley
I'll add a few practical pieces of info, for those who have already decided to breed (meaning you have a proven mare and a proven stud and won't make junk and are aware of the responsibilities even if your amazing perfectly bred foal does not sell). To add on to ShutupJoe's comment about the amount of work involved, also realize that it costs close to $10,000 on average to put a healthy foal on the ground. There are those who do it for less, there are those who do it for far more, this is the average as determined by one of the leading theriogenologists in the United States. Costs include stud fees, trailering and/or hospitaliation while cycles are characterized, culture and cytology, infusion, oxytocin, ultrasonography, prostaglandin injections, shipping fees for semen, vaccinations, deworming, progesterone treatments, etc. etc. etc.
Maiden mares over the age of 7 or 8 will most likely have significant difficulties catching the first season you attempt to breed so expect to have your veterinarian get very involved.
Start with a breeding soundness exam the year before you intend to breed, ideally. If this is not possible start EARLY ie. march, to give yourself the best chance possible at getting your horse bred.
Last edited by tealamutt; 11-27-2010 at 06:49 PM.