Originally Posted by FehrGroundRanch
To stop breeding horses is not the solution, to breed what is marketable, talented, and has a good disposition along with excellent conformation is the answer, match a mare with a stallion that compliments them. That, in my opinion, is the solution to the poor equine economy.
I'm going to say mares as well. You can match your mares with all the up and coming popular stallions.
Well yes, but now is NOT the time to START a breeding business, unless you have a lot of money to buy proven stock or the time and money to buy young stock and work on proving them in the show pen. It will be years, maybe even another decade, before the economy and horse market recovers enough for the price of horses to come back up to a profitable margin, especially if you're having to pay for stud fees on quality stallions.
Just think about the money needed not only to buy the horses, but also feed them, pay for vet/farrier/care costs, pay for show entries, travel fees, show equipment, training fees (if you hire a trainer to help), etc. This will be in the tens of thousands quite quickly for just one mare. To make breeding profitable, you have to consider all of these costs, plus the stud fees and mare care, compared to what you can realistically expect to sell the foals for...