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post #1 of 86 Old 04-21-2012, 02:25 AM Thread Starter
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Proof it isn't cheap to breed 101

It's a funny topic actually. I just estimated my bill for breeding my mare. For two trips to the vet to breed, I have invested $1,365 with two cycles. That will be the total on Wednesday with her ultrasound. All shipping fees and collection fees as well. I hope people know what they are getting into when they start breeding.....I only paid $550-600 for my stallion semen evaluation last year plus a ultasound and office fee at $67 additional only to find out she didn't take......we should of covered her one more time, not the stallion's fault. Yep, breeding is definetely cheap......:) I just thought it would make a great time letting people see what breeding can averagly cost.....I'm sure others would.
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That's what I always tell people...

EDIT: Also because our black and white mare was supposed to have this baby last year. A cruddy vet mistimed the insemination 4 TIMES. And then we did it twice this year. And since the foal turned out breeding stock, we get to rebreed again next year. X.x It's the shipping fees that kill ya.



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That's what I always tell people...

EDIT: Also because our black and white mare was supposed to have this baby last year. A cruddy vet mistimed the insemination 4 TIMES. And then we did it twice this year. And since the foal turned out breeding stock, we get to rebreed again next year. X.x It's the shipping fees that kill ya.
Wow! Four times! I hope I don't go that route! Yeah I agree with you! Shipping and collection fess are murder! For me its a $225 collection fee plus $95-113 for shipping! Not counting the containers going back to california and that was twice!
I think I have.....$682 in collections/shipping here/and shipping it back.....its murder! :)
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I think it was around $250 in collecting and shipping, each time for 6 times... plus the booking fee and the stud fee... and then we have the other mare, and she took on the second time... Very, very spendy. And we're looking at stud fees alone of 750 each, (SI is normally 1750, but we won a stud auction)... and we're looking at somewhere between $5-10k for these babies, so there's very little money for profit. Any money that we do make just goes into next year's.


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Yeah I hear yah. I won a breeding from a benefit auction. I would hate to spend all this money and she not be in foal. There's not much profit at all if you can't get her within one or two times, if you're lucky. I thought about that too. By the time you get your money it flies out before you can count it lol now if the economy would pick back up I'm sure it'd be better on everyone....but then again....if the horse market picked up our government would tax us just for having horses lol all because our government can't figure out how to not spend our dollars. :)
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LOL...breeding is the cheap side of raising foals...if you do it right.

Now, start a list of costs for your mare.

See what you have next year.
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Lol, I know I spent $2992 just to get my mare pregnant.

Then we have insurance for the baby, all the shots, the extra food.
I'm up in $4189 now.
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Love this thread! Would you guys mind posting the actual stud fee along with your other costs? I think it would really be instructive to see that, say, a $1000. Stud fee comes with $3500. Of other breeding costs.

And if you have the total cost to actually get the baby on the ground, including the extra vacs for your pregnant mare, vet checks, etc., that would be assume too.
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Love this thread! Would you guys mind posting the actual stud fee along with your other costs? I think it would really be instructive to see that, say, a $1000. Stud fee comes with $3500. Of other breeding costs.

And if you have the total cost to actually get the baby on the ground, including the extra vacs for your pregnant mare, vet checks, etc., that would be assume too.
Yes, then in the spring track the mare and foal's expenses.

Then expense of the weaning.
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Insurance for the baby - $598

Shipping in total - $375

Stud fee - $612

Shots - $231

One Vet check, ultrasound and so on - $100

Boarding, vet checks, medicin etc. when she was bred the first time - $1145

Boarding, vet checks, medicin etc. when she was bred the second time - $804

Shots with tetanus vaccine - $90

= 3955

Then we have the extra food, minerals and vitamins, equipment for the foaling - freeze-dried colostrum and all the other things that is needed.

My mare used to eat 10 kg of good quality hay and nothing else. Now she eats 18 kg of good quality hay, 2 kg Dodson & Horrell mix, vitamins, minerals etc, etc.

I think I went low, saying i'm up in 4189 now. Lol.

Then, when the baby is on the ground, we will do a foal-check and take the vet out, and the farrier will come out to check the legs.
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