What about doing the AI yourself? Is it possible to learn how to do it from a book? Would you ever recommend it? Have you done it?
I've only had two experiences with breeding. One, I sent my quarter horse mare to the stallion for four months last year, but she didn't take. (a 22-yr-old stallion) I did get to watch the breeder tease the mares, collect from the stallion and then inseminate the mares, which was really interesting. Second, I bought a warmblood mare already bred. Was there for the birth this year on Mother's Day! Very cool.
I am doing research on starting a breeding business on a small scale. So far, I have a very well-bred quarter horse mare and a well-bred warmblood mare. I'm planning to sell my first baby (warmblood filly) in the next few months.
We're moving to some acreage next year and I'll be able to get a couple more mares. I'll be able to keep them on pasture which will cut down on costs.
Any feedback is greatly appreciated!