You did not answer my question. "the foal would be for me to keep" doesnt explain what it is you want to do with that foal.
From the sound of your posts, it sounds like you already decided to breed your mare, so keep in mind that raising a foal is actually more expensive than to raise a foal that was already bred. The advantage of now breeding and choosing your own foal is you can be picky. You would be able to pick the gender you want, the color you want all the way to temper, investigate into the parent's lineage etc. Breeding is always risky, not only to the mare but to you to. It's not because that stud has had some nice foals, that it means you will get a nice foal. I would look into buying a foal so you can get exactly what it is you fancy.
Last edited by my2geldings; 09-15-2010 at 04:08 PM.