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post #41 of 86 Old 04-23-2012, 10:48 AM
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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.
You bet it makes a difference.......

Some of my foals were sold but, went home from the futurity in September.

$9000/$15,000 was not unusual.

Since my mares were proven....breeders bred them for free.
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post #42 of 86 Old 04-23-2012, 07:24 PM
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For Julep and Baby Aldis over the last calendar year:
  • $210 ($150 Farm call charge + $60 Ultrasound/palpate) for 4 visits to track folical while mare coming in to heat, plus 5 more after she was AI'ed to see if she took and to follow up over the year.
  • $180 for AI ($150 farm call, $30 AI fee)
  • $75 Hormone tests and shots
  • $50 Caslicks
  • $1000 Studfee
  • $250 Collection fee
  • $150 Courier fee from stud farm vet to my vet (In-county)
  • $250 Farm call for urgent vet visit after birth for healthy baby check (A Non-emergency visit, w/o an appointment within 12 hours)
  • $100 Shots, test & exam
  • $425 Registration & inspection fees
$4370
Charges are not including addition hay, suppliments or 9.5% sales tax. These are conservative numbers considering she caught on the first cycle and we had a healthy delivery.

I know there is money in horses; *I PUT IT THERE*
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post #43 of 86 Old 04-23-2012, 11:08 PM
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I kind of shouldn't have posted earlier because I am too sensitive. I guess in my own way I was trying to be humorous.

I know my baby is worthless monetarily. But.....

Doesn't anyone have horses because they love horses, not because they expect them to bring a return on an investment?

My horses are a money pit. I thought they were for most everyone.

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I do it because I love horses. If I didn't I wouldn't have them. If I didn't know anything about them I sure wouldn't just sit there without getting help from someone I trust who knows what they are doing. So yes there are people who love horses but have other means for them.
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I kind of shouldn't have posted earlier because I am too sensitive. I guess in my own way I was trying to be humorous.

I know my baby is worthless monetarily. But.....

Doesn't anyone have horses because they love horses, not because they expect them to bring a return on an investment?

My horses are a money pit. I thought they were for most everyone.
The two things are not exclusive.

I loved my horses and they were an investment.
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Doesn't anyone have horses because they love horses, not because they expect them to bring a return on an investment?

My horses are a money pit. I thought they were for most everyone.
No one thinks your horse is worthless

Breeders should be trying to make money. That's how they know they are making the right choices as a breeder - their stock is quality and in high demand. The average horse owner is not out to make money. They are out to spend it
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No one thinks your horse is worthless

Breeders should be trying to make money. That's how they know they are making the right choices as a breeder - their stock is quality and in high demand. The average horse owner is not out to make money. They are out to spend it
Yes.......and no......

To some it is a tax write off.

I think that is why my hubby is "seeing the light".....so to speak.
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I kind of shouldn't have posted earlier because I am too sensitive. I guess in my own way I was trying to be humorous.

I know my baby is worthless monetarily. But.....

Doesn't anyone have horses because they love horses, not because they expect them to bring a return on an investment?

My horses are a money pit. I thought they were for most everyone.

I hear ya :) Rascal cost me a $200 purchase price. Since then we'll say around 8k in vet bills ( I am afraid if I actually added it all up DH would fall over with a heart attack, or I might LMAO) I don't show, I don't ride unless he passes this next evaluation. But you know, to me, he is worth every penny I have spent. This is what happens when your heart leads a purchase.

If I had it to do over again, I can't say I would do it exactly the same. I would have waited another couple months before searching. I'd have had my own PPE and not taken a sellers. I knew I was buying a green, recently gelded mess. I didn't know I was buying a seriously injured one. But since I have no time machine, I'll take what I have, and run with it. I bought him, he is my responsibility now, did I mention I love him dearly LOL.

I miss you Rascal. Every day, all day.
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Is it bad when your vet charges you almost €700 for a semen evaluation and you find someone who will only charge €200?? I've looked into the wrong place! And he even breed four plus other studs.
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Is it bad when your vet charges you almost €700 for a semen evaluation and you find someone who will only charge €200?? I've looked into the wrong place! And he even breed four plus other studs.
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My first question on that would be what are each including in that price. There is more to a stallion breeding exam then just checking semen. So I would want to see what is included in each price.

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