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post #11 of 13 Old 11-03-2010, 04:27 PM
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There are stud fees for under a hundred dollars and those in racing circles, for a hundred thousand.

In my opinion, few responsible breeders would pimp their stud out for $500 or under, if he were true breeding quality and they were fussy about the mares presented. Most stallion owners, don't breed to just anything but will approve mares. Most usually, very cheap stud fees, mean the horse himself is probably not of breeding quality and/or his owners are just trying to make a little money from him, by offering his services cheaply and hoping many will take them up on the offer.

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Another thing to take into consideration, it is NEVER just the stud fee. There are usually booking/chute fees (sometimes included in the stud fee), vet fees, mare care (boarding) if you take the mare to the site of the stud. Also if you AI, there are shipping fees. If you wait until your mare is 10-11years old, she may have to go through a course of Regimate to get her cycle in check. Trust me, it's NOT cheap. (this also requires vet care, so more $$$) Not to mention the extras that the mare will need during pregnancy. They eat ALOT more. Plus, depending on the care you plan to give your preg. mare, there are also supplements for preg mares that add to their nutrition during pregnancy, which are not cheap. We're awaiting our 4th baby coming next May. It is fun, however it is also expensive if done with the care that they need.

You need to really take in to consideration WHY you want to breed. Is it just because you have a mare? Will you keep the baby? Most $500 studs are average to below average quality, or are unproven. However, due to the economy, there are some nice stallions that have reduced fees. Good luck! :)
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It is actually quite possible to get a nationaly proven stallion for under $500 if you have an exceptional mare and know how to SHOP!

There are numerous stallion auctions available where stallions are started at half their advertised stud fees or below. A great example is the SHN Payback program. However, this is completely different than an "every day" $500 stallion, as one would obviously normaly have to pay 1k.

If you book early enough, there are also usually great early bird specials, or specials if you pay in full immediately.

The biggest thing is to seriously evaluate your mare and decide if she truely is breeding quality, and then get out there and do something with her that makes her valuable. If a mare is good enough, it is usually very easy to get a discounted fee to different stallions.
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