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post #1 of 10 Old 08-09-2013, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Mare Care

I am asking this for a friend... so please note, this is not about me or my horses.

Approximately how much would it cost to care for a pregnant mare while in gestation and after the foal is born until weaning? This is not including the tests to take before breeding (5 panel tests for genetic deseases) and the actual stud fee.

Also, what would be helpful tips to care for the pregnant mare in general after breeding and until weaning, and what should you keep in mind before and after breeding, and questions to ask yourself?
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-09-2013, 05:52 PM
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The cost is going to vary a lot depending on the vet the person uses...
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I know that is will vary, but my friend is looking for an approximate cost. The vet she would use is a vet that is cheaper then some, more expensive then others.

Even if someone could give a price range, like $$$$-$$$$$ or something.

She would like to breed her horse as a 4 year old (couple years from now) and then raise and train the foal, brining it to college with her to be trained by her, with assistance from teachers and instructors. If she breeds her mare as a 4 year old, the foal will be 3 when she goes to college... a good age to be started!

She will get her mare tested for all 5 genetic deseases and already has a stud in mind that is 750.00 to breed. She knows the first ultra sound will cost 50-200 dollars, depending if she takes it to the university or not.

But before she breeds, she wants to know how much she should have saved up, all the way until weaning of the foal.
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-09-2013, 08:58 PM
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From start to mares pregnancy is costing me 2000.00+ dollars.

400.00 stud fee
1200.00 for the foaling farm im sending her to for 45 days
300.00 in ultrasounds cuz I need to c and be certain every thing is right.
300.00+ in gas money carting my mare around everywhere for everything. ..
Probably another 100.00 in vaccines.
The cost of buying nice rich alfalfa when she's got to nurse....

It adds up fast.
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I know it does! Thanks for sharing, it is helpful and I will show my friend. She is kind of doing what I am wanting to do with my filly, but she is doing it sooner (he horse is 3, mine is 2)

What I will do is start saving, and every paycheck I will be putting 75% of it into a savings account for breeding. My friend is saving a little bit up, but she also has her parents paying for most of it, while I only have my parents to help out (only if I pay them back of course, if I run into serious financial problems)

Anyways, my friend is planning for a 2015 baby, breeding next year and her stud fee is 750.00 if she goes with the stud she is looking at now. That doesn't include ultra sound or board, so she will be looking at probably 1200-1500.00 for just the covering while at the breeders. Then there are the ultra sounds and stuff, but she doesn't know about any of the other stuff she should be prepared for.

When I breed my filly, I will have saved up 3000.00 or more, just to be prepared for something, but my friend isn't thinking like I am, and just wants a foal to raise and train in college, then sell as a started horse.
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This has some good info about costs in it -Proof it isn't cheap to breed 101 Wasn't sure if you'd seen it yet. :) And good luck to you guys!
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If she wants to start and sell why not set aside $3,000 and buy a REALLY nice yearling or 3 year old. By the time its bred, birthed, and raised to 3 she is going to be WAY in the hole, if you know what I mean.
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Originally Posted by Breezy2011 View Post
Also, what would be helpful tips to care for the pregnant mare in general after breeding and until weaning,...
Other than the medical care (shots, ultrasound/palpation, etc) and diet (no fescue, etc), the old saying is "treat her like a horse", i.e. you don't normally have to do anything terribly special.

... and what should you keep in mind before and after breeding, and questions to ask yourself?
As difficult as it is to think about, anyone considering breeding needs to be prepared for the risk of losing the foal and/or mare. If there is difficulty during the foaling that you cannot handle yourself (or are not there to see in the middle of the night), you're going to lose the foal before a vet could even get there. If there is a serious problem, e.g. breech, you're more than likely going to lose the mare, too. Foaling happens without incident 99% of the time and the risk is low, but problems do happen.
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I know its not your horse breezy but I always think that breeding a horse and having a foal/ young horse to take to college is a bad idea. Taking a horse to college or university is expensive and it can sort of limit what you can do in college. College is a time to try new things and your friend may find that they love things other than horses. That is a great thing, but if it happens (and it happens more than you might think) than the three year old is left to join all the other untrained, generically bred horses that go to auction or end up on craigslist because the owner does not have time/interest/money. Your friend is in her early-mid teens right? So many things change between the time you are 15 and when you are 20.

I have heard mare care while the mare is pregnant ranges from 10-20 dollars a day. After foaling it increases by 5-10 dollars. Thats largely at places that are charging substantial stud fees to high quality horses (read hall of fame race horses).
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Thanks guys! I have got my friend to read all of this and she is impressed, but now is debating whether she really wants to breed or not.

She is wanting to go to a college that is specifically for horse training, and requires you, in some classes, to have a training prospect there with you. She is 16 (turning 17 later this year) but taking a year or 2 off after graduation before going to college, and debating between 2 colleges Old's College in Alberta or Lakeland College in Alberta. At lakeland you are required to have a 3-4 year old cow horse prospect. At Old's it is optional.
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