You might be able to lease a good mare. Breeding is more than that though. You need to understand bloodlines and what works well with what.. line breeding that works (and line breeding that does not work). You need to learn genetics and prepotency.
Yes, you are starting out. If you make it in this market you are doing it right. It IS business. You cannot breed with your heart, you need to breed with your head. You need to understand there will be long years of losing money. You need to know what your target market will support price wise. You need to look at breeding operations that have made it through the years (both good and bad economies) that have fed that target market and are still in business.
Last, but not least, you need to understand the money behind those successful operations. Most are not self supporting. Most are supported by other income (oil, Wall Street, Publishing etc.). It takes a LOT of money.
Of the ones that are self supporting, you need to understand the long years they were not until they got where they are now. Those operations also learned how to change with the economy. Most have trainers on site, facilities with boarders, and other sources of income.
Foal sales alone are a money loser. It is a poor market even for the good ones. It is a poor market... even at Fasig Tipton... in Saratoga....
Remember, some of the top breeding farms in the country have gone out of business or had to sell assets to stay afloat.
It is a business.. and it is a very expensive business not only to start but to maintain.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill
) Dinosaur Horse Trainer