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    12-05-2007, 08:05 PM
Sorry if I am bringing up an older topic. I just noticed the post. The answer is that in the US it's almost impossible to make a living breeding.

I'm friends with a local registered sporthorse breeder ($8-$15,000 foals) and another who is a Friesian breeder ($10-15,000 foals). Both are long-time breeders, carefully built up their herd and clientele, and do everything right. They research the stallions, get the mares inspected, and don't breed constantly. Neither makes much money at it and they're happy to break even. If you're going to breed, do it because you love the horses and want to improve the breed, but don't do it expecting to make $$$. All it takes is for one foal to have a major problem or the mare to colic or founder, and it can cost thousands at the vet hospital, wiping out all your profits for the breeding.

One suggestion I would have is to stick to the quality horses such as the beautiful "Esprit" horse that was posted. There is a huge problem with overbreeding the less expensive horses, and the result is HEALTHY pregnant mares and foals sold to the abbatoir bred in such huge quantity & have no acheivements. In my opinion, there is a market for performance horses with good conformation & with parents who are achieving things. Definitely take your little ones to breed inspections and/or halter classes. It's not only good experience for them, it helps build their horsey 'resume' so they're more desirable.

To market, post the ad on all the horse internet sites. For sites you're not sure of, do the free text ad. If someone is really interested, they will ask for photos & more info. Also make a nice flyer for her and when you take her to the shows & breed inspection, hand it out & hang it on her stall. Join your breed associations to network & find sales leads. You don't have to start a whole breeding web site, but you can get a free hosting account and make a nice page for this girl. Add photos, pedigree, videos, etc. (youtube is a great place to store videos)

If it were me, I'd find a good breeder to mentor under. They can tell you who the best repro vets in your area are, if it's worth it to do your own AI, marketing tips, stallions to avoid, best shows, whatever. And you'd have someone good to call for help, instead of having to call the vet out every time there is a question. Perhaps you can get a p/t job working for one and learning the ropes?
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    02-17-2008, 04:19 PM
[Someone said in another post that there are horses that go to auction because nobody wants them. They are lame, or too old, or untrainable, etc. I'm trying to breed horses that are special.]

The horse that go to slaughter were intended by some breeder, to be special. They are not all old, they are not all untrainable. They are the thousands of race horses who just weren't fast enough. They are the pets of children, whose parents (and the kids) got bored with them. You are right, there did come a point where they were not wanted, but at one point, before their little hoofies hit the ground, somebody did want them.

Somebody here said she didn't want to buy someone elses problem. What about making up for someone elses lack of compassion?
    02-19-2008, 02:25 AM
Why would you want to add to the problem of horse overpopulation? I can see and more or less understand how some people are attached to some horses and want to breed (tho I don't really agree with that either) but why would you try to start a breeding business up (especially with your lack of experience) and add on to the problem. Have you read the recent headlines, horses going by truck loads to slaughter houses?

Why not look around and get a find a foal you really like instead of producing more animals?

There are soooo many differente equine careers you get involved in that would not add to a problem we have had for years.

    02-19-2008, 03:37 PM
Hmm if your going 2 breed horses I would try to breed horses that are pretty rare. Like it would be kind of expensive to start out but it could help the breed. Like you could breed kisber felvers, gypsy vanners, or newfoundland ponys..
    02-19-2008, 07:43 PM
Or Importing Merens horses from France 8)
    02-20-2008, 09:09 PM
Hmmm I've always wanted 2 have a akal teke or w/e lol if you breed them im buying 1 of the foals!
    02-21-2008, 05:28 AM
Originally Posted by Ride4Life
hmmm I've always wanted 2 have a akal teke or w/e lol if you breed them im buying 1 of the foals!
How do you like mine one?
    02-21-2008, 03:35 PM
Awww he's adorable! People say they are weird shaped and ugly but I really like em!
    02-22-2008, 05:02 AM
She's a mare of Krador 3003, a turcmenic imported stallion. But I have to tell you that akhals are very-very hard to ride on. If you won't hurt about a joke, I might tell it seems like your nickname: "Ride for life" when riding on them. They are sensitive but willful, you have to be very-very consequent with them., they need a very good rider. But their back and movement is excellent, comfortable and beautiful. We use this one for showjumping, she jumps excellent, but she is unstoppable in galopping after jumping. She is just running and running in galopp even 2 hours without stopping. She never gets tired.
    02-22-2008, 11:38 AM
O woww. That's kinda scary lol

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