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I am going to be leasing a stallion this spring to breed two of my mares. Now days, this seems to be a moderately uncommon practice. The majority of the time mares are brought to the stallion, and if not that, the mare is inseminated artificially. It seems more common with some [uncommon] breeds, and I just so have the opportunity to lease a very nice stallion to breed my two mares. I know this stud well, and what he produces. I am not here to ask about the breeding itself, but I was moreso curious about others with experience in leasing a stallion. So, experiences? In certain situations is it more convenient to lease a stallion? What were the terms? I have my agreement sorted out, but I am interested to see what made others look into leasing a stallion to breed. How long did you keep the stallion? How many mares merited leasing your own stallion?

Thank you all, please keep me informed. This will be my first time leasing a stallion, but I have confidence it will go well. It is just a bit of a uncommon practice for smaller operations.
 

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Yes? If I would send my mares to a farm to be bred, they would just be breeding them. Forgive me, as I am not entirely sure where you are coming from. I will be leasing him for the breeding season.
 

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Yeah seems odd. The only thing that really jumps out is having some sort of insurance. If another mare gets in with him/he gets out. Definitely insurance against unplanned breedings, or anything else that may come up with breeding a stud.
 

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I could see a horse farm, with multiple mares, not having a stallion, and just leasing him when breeding season rolls around... Some dairy farms do that with bulls (because some farmers don't like the risk of keeping a bull on the place).
 

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Like I said, it is not as commonly practiced as it has been. I was looking for advice from those who know more of the practice. Thank you for your replies.
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One of the big reasons people don't lease a stallion is because you have to carry enough insurance on the horse itself, should anything happen while it's in your care. That plus the liability turns it into an expensive proposition before you even get started. Another thing, most people don't have stallion proof fencing and in some areas there are tough laws regarding that.
 

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Leasing for the sake of just 2 mares doesn't make sense to me:? You have to have facility to house a stallion,have insurance,be feeding him etc.
If you were using for riding,besides breeding then maybe I could see that:). I guess too the terms of lease could make difference,is it free lease? or is $ or foal from mating involved?
I know people that have done breeding leases on mares. In those cases Mare is used by stallion owner for a foal of his own, then mare is returned bred back for owner:). Basically mare is gone on lease for 1 yr.
 

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The stallion leases I've been around have been mainly because the owner needed a break from expenses. They lease the stallion to a mare owner, either free lease and get a portion of any breedings sold or for a fee and the lessee stands the stallion and keeps the breeding fees. I've not heard of anyone leasing a stallion for 2 mares, and as a stallion owner, I would not lease my stallion out for only 2 mares. Are you planning on breeding him to some outside mares while he's there?
 

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How is this stallion behavior wise? What about your mares? Are you able to handle and house a stallion? Is your insurance aware? I agree with the others it sounds like a lot of trouble for two mares. Than again there are multiple ways to do a task so its not my place to judge. I would have all those terms set out in your agreement and go from there.
 

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The stud is very calm, and will be pastured with our mares. We know the people who we are leasing him from well, and have bought two horses from them in the past. This stallion is very well socialized. We have a very nice facility, and just spent all summer putting up a new fence structure. Hot wire, double fencing between herds, etc. The stud was pastured with one of our mares and gets along great with her. We often graze our other horses on our land across the road, so some of the time no horses would be around except the mares. The stallion owner only has two mares, as well, and is getting out of breeding for the most part. I know it doesnt seem entirely worth it to some just for two mares, but with the owner getting out of breeding and us getting into it, it workrd out well. I have experience handling stallions and stud colts if all shapes and sizes, just yet to have one myself. But with just two breeding mares, it doesnt seem worth it to have a stallion just yet. I also own two mares with his bloodline that I wish to breed someday, but this is an opportunity to introduce even more of his bloodline. Thank you for replying, I very much appreciate it.
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When I had a couple of mares that I wanted bred-I had an ok from a stallion owner on 1, but the owner didn't want to breed my other mare, so I went looking & ended up buying my own stallion-(also a stallion pen, etc) I kept him intact for a few years, finished his training, put him in some breed shows & bred a few outside mares. After I had the foals I wanted, he was gelded & became a super nice trail horse-even as a stud, I ponied his sons off him-yes, he was that nice!

So, my advice have a good contract & if only breeding, keep him for as short a time as possible. And do check out laws about stallions-in CA-it's not "legal" to let anyone under the age of 16 observe hand-breeding-out in a pasture is ok. And if the law has changed-please don't bash me-just saying how it was back in the '80's. (In-hand breeding was considered sex-show). So, my breeding was done in a far back corner or after dark.
 

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When I had a couple of mares that I wanted bred-I had an ok from a stallion owner on 1, but the owner didn't want to breed my other mare, so I went looking & ended up buying my own stallion-(also a stallion pen, etc) I kept him intact for a few years, finished his training, put him in some breed shows & bred a few outside mares. After I had the foals I wanted, he was gelded & became a super nice trail horse-even as a stud, I ponied his sons off him-yes, he was that nice!

So, my advice have a good contract & if only breeding, keep him for as short a time as possible. And do check out laws about stallions-in CA-it's not "legal" to let anyone under the age of 16 observe hand-breeding-out in a pasture is ok. And if the law has changed-please don't bash me-just saying how it was back in the '80's. (In-hand breeding was considered sex-show). So, my breeding was done in a far back corner or after dark.
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If you are looking for the experience of owning a stallion, and don't mind the added cost (versus artificial insemination) then I don't see why not. You already have experience handling them, so there's no issue there. And I can't imagine the price would be all that much to have a mare taken care of at a breeding facility.

Just out of curiosity, what breed of stally are you looking at? ^^
 

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Really, with the advancement of ultrasound, you can pinpoint ovulation, take the mare to the stallion, breed, go home. The vet can even synchronize the 2 mares fairly close, and you can do both at the same time! Even gentle stallions require more digilence in care, especilly if you don't own him!!

I considered leasing the sire of my 4 fillies, because the owner moved and now has no access to AI facilities.

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I have heard of leasing broodmares before, and I have heard of people sending their stallion to big name farms to stand at stud, but I have never heard of leasing a stallion. I think it would be much more cost effective to just breed to the stallion and leave it at that.
 
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