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    03-16-2011, 01:59 AM
Question What other costs should I know about before I breed my mare?

I have researched for years for this year and am excited I will finally be able to do it though there are a few costs I have not been able to come by while searching. I have no intentions of selling this foal whatsoever. My intentions are to eventually do some Eventing on him or her. I want to get a foal or two before she gets to an age that I won't feel safe about breeding her and I don't want to do it back to back either.

My questions are about the costs of the check up that happens the day after foaling and to see if there are any other costs that I need to look into other than the the ones I already know about.

Costs I know about:
-Stud Fee
-Board Fees
-Coggins, Pre-breeding Shots/Dewormer/Hoof Trimming
-Gestation Supplements/Shots(Months 3, 5, 7, 9, and 10)/Dewormer/Hoof Trimming
-Foal shots(Months 6, 7, and 12)/ Dewormer/Hoof Trimming

Is there anything else I'll need to pay for if it is a normal Gestation/Foaling? I will be setting money aside for if other problems occur.

My mare is a beautiful half- Quarter Horse lady with loads of Stamina, speed, strength, sense, and will that is truly the type of horse I would like to continue experiencing, even partially, long after she is gone. I have my reasons to breed her, and I do know that breeding any horse for Sentimental reasons isn't right. This is not what I am doing though it is part of what pushes me forward. Attached is a picture of my lovely girl in a confirmation pose. Stallion I'll be breeding her to is a Registered APHA Overo Stallion.

Comments on her Conformation are Welcome. :) Thank you!

WARNING: Please keep to answering the question. I'd prefer any overly negative opinions to be witheld as it can get me worked up and things can get pretty nasty pretty quickly. Thank you.

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    03-16-2011, 02:28 AM
Here is a thread that is a little older that has a good list of other expenses.
Expenses that go into breeding??

As for your mare's confo. Mostly it's nice; however, she appears to be rather light boned for her body size. Her front legs especially look very tiny. I would be concerned that the foal would inherit that and fine bones+eventing=worry about a broken leg. Other than that, her back is pretty long and her shoulder is very upright. I do like her hip and she's got good hock angles.
    03-16-2011, 02:53 AM

Thanks! All of that is nice to know and I'll check out the Website :) The Stud I've chosen has thicker legs than her so hopefully he passes that. Even though she has the thin legs though, it has never hindered her one bit. Never had any type of injury or soreness in her front legs and she loves to run hard and fast. So something about them on the inside must be working ;) lol. But I do hope her stud passes on thicker legs for the sake of Eventing.

Thank you again! Love the info!
    03-16-2011, 06:25 AM
Green Broke
Here's one thing. But given the link to the other thread you should find out. Complications. No one ever plans for that. No one wants to. But anything can happen. So be prepared. When a mare I bought, had the filly, everything checked out. Placenta and after birth were all there. Maybe 5 days later the filly could not poop. It was stuck and I tried to work it out but to no avail. So yep $200 later from the vet she came through but she could have died had I left it. But in any case good luck and just keep in mind positive and negative things with breeding. Have fun!
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    03-16-2011, 11:34 AM
Agreed w mbender on complications.

Make sure that if things go wrong, you are prepared to lose the mare, foal, or both. Is it common? No. But it can and does happen so I always remind people that there is a risk. A friend of mine bred her mare, who retained some placenta foundered, and has never been right since. Food for thought.

Also what about registering? Will the foal be registerable/registered? I know that you intend to keep the horse for life, however circumstances do change, and it's always good to plan for the worst even when we don't like to think about it. A registered horse is easier to sell/place than an unregistered one. If possible to register, please consider that as a sound part of your breeding investment. I registered my WB baby as Old NA (which was VERY expensive) bc although I have every intention of keeping him for life, if I were to lose my job long term, lose my farm, become incapacitated for riding, or some other catastrophic life event, I wanted to make sure he had the best chance for a good life should something happen to me.

Remember that while you intend to keep the horse for life, what if your horse were to outlive you?

A little disaster/catastrophy planning can go a long way, no matter how unpleasant to think about now - with regards to insuring your horse and any horse (or animal) you bring into the world has the best chance of a long and healthy life.
    03-16-2011, 01:21 PM

I know I forgot to mention some things. Thanks for the pointers.

I know that there is a chance I could lose mare and/or foal, but I'll be taking every precaution to keep both safe and healthy. I'll be saving Placenta to be checked by the vet as well as getting an exam and contacting the vet on anything that would normally be a minor concern, since it could mean something different for a bred mare and foal than it could for an unbred mare.

I will also be setting aside $100-$200 every month during gestation so I have money set aside if anything major should occur, and if not, I'll have extra money for something else. Better to be safe right?

As for the Registering part, the foal will be registered. IT will be accepted into the PtHA and possibly APHA and I'm looking into what other registeries I can get the foal into. I want to make for sure that I have proof of owning the baby (If some idiot tries to take him/her) and that if I have to sell the baby, he/she will have a chance to have a great life if I cannot keep him/her. I will also be using the foal for showing so he/she will probably have a local Showing based registry it will be registered to as well.

Thank you for your input guys! :) You're really helping to Solidify my plans.
    03-16-2011, 01:56 PM
Is your mare registered? If she is, I missed where you said that. However, if she isn't, then the foal will not be eligible for registration with the APHA. And, unless I am mistaken, the PtHA won't register it unless it is born with color. I don't think that they accept breeding stock animals even if one parent is colored.
    03-16-2011, 06:03 PM
The Stallion is Homozygous.
    03-16-2011, 06:05 PM
That still doesn't guarantee color though. It happens every day that a foal is born with a paint gene but doesn't have any color beyond socks and a blaze.
    03-16-2011, 06:15 PM
What is the stallion homozygous for exactly? Who is the stud (just curious)?

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