As I have found a buyer for my colt, I will now have the space in my barn and bank account for a new horse. I have been interested in acquiring an Andalusian for about 6 years now and am back to searching the market for one. The biggest problem I come across is, I like color. While I wouldn't breed ONLY for color, I do not have the time or money in my life for limitless horses; if I am only going to have one Andalusian, I want it to have some color and markings, rather than a grey, as well as the physical ability to compete at an amateur level in eventing and driving. And colorful Andalusians (we're talking a bay with a single sock or star as colorful here) are either poor quality or way out of my price range. While searching, I of course, came across the stallion of my dreams. Hatero de PB
Harry is on his way to the WEG this summer, so his athletic ability and trainability are well proven. His only foals are quite young, but are said to have very good temperaments and paces. And of course, as a sabino grullo, he is very colorful. He is located in Australia, so even if one of his foals was a quality I'm looking for and for sale, transport costs would be outstanding.
So, to get to the point of this post. I am looking into possibly leasing a mare to breed to Harry. Where would you typically go to find a mare available for a breeding lease? What are typical lease fees (outside of the actual stud fee, ai costs, ultra sounds)? I'd be looking at actually breeding next spring, so I've got plenty of time to figure things out, I'm just prodding for more information on the whole process to see if it would be a good option for me and, if so, start searching for a mare and making arrangements. I know breeding is a big gamble, and I could easily end up with a solid foal, even from a mare with some white, but if I can lease a quality mare, I would at least have a quality foal, whatever color or gender, to either keep regardless, or sell and retry the breeding.