Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: British Columbia
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I am a breeder of warmbloods. Trakehners particularly. I am NOT biased to other breeds, having owned MANY other breeds of horses myself in my riding career, including Tb's, arabs, qh's, and a draft X. But this is the breed I prefer over any other, they are wonderful creatures. It does not mean I don't appreciate a quality horse of another breed!
The reason the 'warmbloods' are so expensive to buy is quite simple really. MOST of the breeding/riding stock of these horses is imported from various areas in Europe. Being from North America, we are still relatively NEW at breeding the european horses, so a lot of us breeders still regularly import young stock, breeding stock and of course semen. The horses themselves are generally not TOO expensive to buy in Europe, there are MANY good deals out there to be had, but you have to have such horse vetted, shipped by plane and quaratined after export and all of this cost $$$$. This is why the huge costs of buying already imported into the country horses. Breeding horses is a whole other ball of wax. Semen is usually at least $1000 for the stud fees and then with shipping costs, ultrasounds on mares, and general costs of breeding a mare, you are looking at around $5000- $10,000 just to get a foal on the ground. (believe me......it's EXPENSIVE to breed horses!!!) So this is why breeders of warmbloods charge around $8500-$10000 for their weanlings. Horses cost about $10,000 + a year to train and maintain, so the prices on young stock goes up every year they age. A good high quality 3 year old warmblood will cost you in the neighbourhood of $15,000-$30,000 to buy depending on it's quality.
I hope this helps you all understand what goes into breeding a warmblood and why it costs so much to buy them!
Personally I can't figure out how breeders of other breeds can make $$ charging only a couple of thousand on their babies. ???? Answer me that one....