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post #31 of 86 Old 04-22-2012, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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I will agree. If you don't have a good vet, its best to send them to a place who knows exactly what they're doing than to let money burn before your eyes. The last time my grandma bred her mare she spent around $615 just to live cover and probably another hundred in an ultrasound.
As far as feeding costs before pregnancy, I would probably keep a couple thousand an a little more for when she foals......I didn't feel like remembering what it felt to have my purse growl and snap at my hand for reaching for money...
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Buying mare with a bun in the oven you didn't know about....... free foal.

Mare popping out a free foal with health problems, an attitude and will cost in the thousands to get trained since I don't have the experience to do it myself, all while pulling my hair out with worry and feeding him for 3 years until he can go to the trainer, priceless!

I could have bought a broke trail horse and been riding it right away for about $600.
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My vet is a great repro vet and is very good at settling a mare, I just figured it would cost about the same in shipping vs. mare care fees since I can go get her as soon as she has been AI'd and has ovulated and take her back 16 days later to confirm.
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Haha, you can most definitely buy a broke horse for the cost of breeding a mare and getting the foal on the ground.
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At yours is very good at settling your mare easily. Mine has so far had to do it twice and I'm so trying to stay neutral because I was so excited the last time and I have to wait till Wednesday @ 10am for an ultrasound......so yes, this can also be decieving when you have a mare who has had a silent heat all year so far well except the last time I brought her home, she just depressed my gelding wanting him to service.....good thing my fence was up to par because I found a certain little boy running along side her pen....well not so little. He hasn't busted out again. Thank god. But if she isn't pregnant this time, well ill be breaking the deal because I won't be able to spend another $650...(just an estimated estimated guess). I didn't have a calculator so I split it almost in half.....nope not this year. Either she is with this california stud or we'll hook her up with Bentley for a nice futurity prospect. (Well you can't very well tell till they're born at minimal)
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Haha, you can most definitely buy a broke horse for the cost of breeding a mare and getting the foal on the ground.
If all you want is a broke horse then yes you can buy one a lot of the time for less then breeding.

I personally have not found it to be true that I can buy for the same price I can breed for.

It all comes down to what you want out of the horse.

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Great point, nrhareiner.

For certain types of performance horses or a top athlete, breeding for exactly what you want is probably the way to go.

But for most hobby horsepeople and recreational riders, it is one expensive way to get a pleasure or trail horse. I frequently bought yearlings and two year olds of average to good quality for less than the stud fee to produce them. The breeders were banking on the exceptional quality get to sell for many times the fee to break even.

I wonder how many hobbyists or recreational horsepeople who breed their mare think it was worth it or would do it again?
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That is one thing I have never been able to understand is why people what to breed their mare for no other reason then to have a foal. Why you would breed for a horse to do weekend trail rides on and so on. At the end of the day you can buy a trained horse for what it cost to breed and raise one.

Also do not even think about saying you want one that you raised so it does not have any bad habits. There are a lot of good well trained horses out there who do not have bad habbits that at the end of the day are less expensive then what it cost to breed raise and train a horse.
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I want get three brood mares and raise babies to sell.

However, they will be proven mares. (of course, that makes them older)

One I think will be a deal is a three in one.

Mare, filly by her side and bred back.

Standard live foal guarantee.

They want $50,000.

I have offered $45,000.

We will see....

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If all you want is a broke horse then yes you can buy one a lot of the time for less then breeding.

I personally have not found it to be true that I can buy for the same price I can breed for.

It all comes down to what you want out of the horse.

Exactly. It also depends on the quality you are breeding for as well. A nice quality mare bred to a proven stallion will throw a foal worth a lot more than the stud fee (and is a lot less expensive than buying) vs. an ok mare bred to an ok stud whose baby is ok and is a nice little pasture pet somewhere, worth less than it took to put on the ground.
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