Is this a thing?
So I was wondering … a friend of mine has a nice mare that I'm a huge fan of, great temperament and one of the best minds I've had the pleasure to ride, pretty, nice conformation, all that. I really like her but he's never going to sell her so I had kind of a crazy idea. Do people pay for a stud fee to breed someone else's mare so they can keep the foal? I've spoken with the owner and he's agreeable, as long as I pay the stud fee (duh) and the veterinary care related to pregnancy and foaling (also duh). I warned him about the potential for complications, something especially scary if it's never going to be your foal anyway, and he's still agreeable. Is this sort of thing done, generally? It's almost a recipient mare situation.
I'd be wanting to keep this foal for myself, to use as a trail/endurance mount, and perhaps driving if it has the brain for it (and if the foal is anything like the mare, it will). But mostly trail and endurance. I've yet to look for a suitable stud, since this is all still theoretical, and that would be the rub. I'd need to see the potential sire's get to make sure he throws what I'm looking for and make sure he checks all my boxes. It would most likely be next year anyway, since I think it's unlikely I'll be ready in time this year. Anyway … do people borrow other peoples' horse's ovaries? Is that a thing? Or am I completely nuts?