For all the horse breeders out there, I am curious if you would mind giving me some advice?
I am 18 years old and just entering college to become an architect. My degree will take 6 years to complete. Along with being an architect I want nothing more than to own a breeding business where I will breed high quality appaloosas for show and pleasure. Breeding is all I want to do, if it were not for the money issues in today's economy I would only be a breeder and not pursue another career. However, times are real fun for kids my age. So I am left with the decision on whether or not to start my breeding business while I am in college to help pay for well college, or whether I should wait the 6 or so years to begin. In the case of starting now, my thought is to buy a colt and train and prove him in the show arena. Then begin studding him out when he is of age, that way I can be with him in the beginning until the very end. I have shown all my life, mostly APHA and pinto circuits, but APHC has always been my favorite. I have no doubt in my mind that I could train and show the colt well enough to prove him as a stud. When I am out of college he would already be a proven stud with show points. From there I would buy my mares and really kick it off. On the flip side, if I wait I would want to buy an already proven stud to kick off my business right away, which in my eyes is much more expensive. (More show points, obviously better stud, and more pricey.) With this I could focus on my studies during college and come out knowing I would have the money to back the business. So my question to you is what did you do to start off? In your eyes what is the best way to start a breeding business? And your advice in my situation?