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post #71 of 81 Old 06-19-2013, 06:47 PM
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Barbie, just to throw out there - to properly breed a horse you should plan on it costing 5,000 between stud fees (you don't want to breed to an old decrepit horse, you want an impressive stud, and that costs money), proper vet care, supplements, ultrasound, not to mention an emergency fund in case something goes wrong. You will almost certainly NOT make money off of a foal.

You CAN breed cheaper, but if you really want to make sure to do it right you'd better have a few thousand to spare.
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post #72 of 81 Old 06-19-2013, 07:43 PM
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Very true. It's not just breeding. Horses are expensive. Period. Between the breeding fee, board/mare care while she was at the breeders, genetic testing, vet for the ultrasound and transportation costs, breeding my mare this year has cost a pretty penny. That doesn't include just the regular farrier, feed, vitamin supplements, deworming and vaccination costs, although those expenses go up with a pregnant mare as well. You have to remember, she'll eat more and you should vaccinate at 5, 7, 9 months gestation as well as 30 days prior to her foaling date. I've got a slush fund for her should I need a vet.

One thing I have done that I've found really useful is I've found out the costs for things. I called my vet and found out how much they charge as a baseline for an exam, lameness test, ultrasound, etc. It's hard to judge if there will be any additional costs such as medication or treatment until you really get there but don't forget to allow some room in the budget for those. I have also found out what they charge for mileage should they have to come to me and their afterhours dispatch fees. Other things I've done is I've called around to different feed stores to find out what they carry and what they charge.

I also keep a running spreadsheet of what my horse has cost me. I'll be honest, I didn't start it until Fall of last year, but my plan is to keep track of what everything costs so I have a general idea, year over year, the minimum I'll need to put away for the upcoming year. Right now I'm just socking away as much as possible until I get more recorded, but I think it will definitely offer you some peace of mind if you can create a general outline of what you'll need for cash for Barbie. I even record what might seem trivial, like horse treats, but everything will add up.

Sorry for the short novel I just wrote, but I think creating a budget for your horse will be very beneficial! For me personally, it definitely alleviates some anxiety when I know exactly what I could be in for.
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If you want to make $100,000.00 breeding and raising horses, start out with about $400,000.00 and plan on 'losing' the other $300,000.00.

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And also keep in my mind that, even despite the best care, you could always lose the mare and/or the foal.

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post #75 of 81 Old 06-19-2013, 08:53 PM
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You think your friend doesn't treat your horse the same when you aren't there? If he's so out of control that he will kick a poor small burro 7 times, he won't hesitate to do the same with your horse.
Move her to another farm.
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post #76 of 81 Old 06-20-2013, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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I am going to he went off on me today he threatened to hurt me but he is on probation so he has to be a good boy.I might have to sell my horse I would hate to but I don't have a choice unless I can get her a pasture.I have to buy the feed here on out.I want the best for Barbie.I now know what horsewoman ship is all about it can be expensive and it's not easy as it seems.I thought owning a horse was as easy as counting 1-2-3 but it's not.My friend might change and do things better than what he does,if not I have to sell my horse and the burro is better to go with her too.Thank you for the concerns and advice.
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post #77 of 81 Old 06-20-2013, 01:15 AM
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I am going to he went off on me today he threatened to hurt me but he is on probation so he has to be a good boy.I might have to sell my horse I would hate to but I don't have a choice unless I can get her a pasture.I have to buy the feed here on out.I want the best for Barbie.I now know what horsewoman ship is all about it can be expensive and it's not easy as it seems.I thought owning a horse was as easy as counting 1-2-3 but it's not.My friend might change and do things better than what he does,if not I have to sell my horse and the burro is better to go with her too.Thank you for the concerns and advice.
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It sounds like you really do want what's best. Horse owning is certainly not one two three, it's incredibly involved and takes tons of time and on top of that money. You seem to be coming to that conclusion on your own, though.

She's a good horse, and you're a good person, but you might not be quite ready for each other yet. Think on it good and hard- neither of you are in a good position at that barn, I'm worried about what will happen if you or the horse continue to stay there. The burro, too, but I don't think you have as much of a say with him.
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post #78 of 81 Old 06-22-2013, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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I don't have a say over the burro because he's not mine.I want the best for my horse,she is calm around me and she is a green horse.Once she is 650 pounds she is going to school to get trained.I am taking all advice to heart,I needed help that's why I came on here.How many beginners are on this forum?
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post #79 of 81 Old 06-22-2013, 10:44 AM
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Plenty. THere is even a whole thread for newbies.

So you have found a good trainer?

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post #80 of 81 Old 06-22-2013, 06:18 PM
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I am going to he went off on me today he threatened to hurt me but he is on probation so he has to be a good boy.I might have to sell my horse I would hate to but I don't have a choice unless I can get her a pasture.I have to buy the feed here on out.I want the best for Barbie.I now know what horsewoman ship is all about it can be expensive and it's not easy as it seems.I thought owning a horse was as easy as counting 1-2-3 but it's not.My friend might change and do things better than what he does,if not I have to sell my horse and the burro is better to go with her too.Thank you for the concerns and advice.
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Being on probation is no guarantee that he will behave. Prisons are full of repeat offenders. "Good boy"?- no, he's a jerk looking for his next victim & you & your horse are easy marks.
Have you no family or friends that can help you?
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