Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post
How are you going to make money breeding and raising one single foal at a time?
Purchase price of dressage-worthy mare: $10,000
Showing mare to 3rd level: $15000 ($500/show 6 times per year for 5 years- guesstimate!)
Boarding/trimming/regular maintenance of mare for 5 years: $19500 (at a minimum. Board calculated at $300/month)
Breeding fee: $2000
Vet fees, etc: $2500
Boarding foal (@$200/month) for 3 years, farrier, inoculations: $8000
Professional 90 day start to foal: $3000
Campaigning foal at 6 shows/year for 3 years @$500/show: $9000.
You'd have to sell the mare and foal for $69000 to break even.
That is not a business plan to become a breeder. To be a breeder you need more than one mare, and have a solid plan for the foals to be profitable.
That is a seriously low balled estimate :P I'd say:
Purchase price of dressage-worthy mare: $30,000 (as a 4 year old, minimum price if you are lucky!!)
Showing mare to 3rd level: ~ $30,000 per year to keep and maintain horse (low balled when compared to boarding - this is keeping the horse at home), complete and get training, if you're good you can do it in 2 years, budget 3 in case of lameness/illness - $90,000 total
Stud fee/shipping/container fee/etc: $3000 (for mediocre or not heard about stallion)
Vet fees, etc: $2500 (if there are no complications and if the mare catches first time)
Boarding foal (@$400/month) for 3 years, farrier, inoculations: $16,000 (more realistic)
Professional 90 day start to foal: $4500 ($1500/mo is going rate)
Campaigning foal at 6 shows/year for 3 years @$500/show: again, $30,00 per year = $90,000
So a more realistic total is $236,000 if you are breeding a foal that is truly something special and not what the current market is absolutely saturated with. If you want a "warm-blood" that can "do dressage" go on horsetopia and they are everywhere.
To breed a truly nice foal which has a fighting chance to do international competitions, this is the cost. Even then the foal can still be born with birth defects which make it unridable, it can run through a fence, break a leg, etc.. etc.. or your mare and/or foal can die during birth. It is a huge gamble and I would not suggest it as something to be taken lightly.
Unless you yourself are a really great dressage rider with the potential to bring horses up at the rate at which the young horse tests progress (ie PSG by 7 years of age), I would not suggest you even attempt to breed dressage horses. Unless you are a rider and a trainer, it is impossible to understand what are desirable traits to have in a dressage horse and what a "collectible" gait looks like.
That's just my $0.02 I've seen lots of friends get into breeding and fall flat on their faces, and they know what they are getting into!!