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vet check breeding soundness
Posted by cajunmoon on 5/10/2017, 8:09 am, in reply to "Many years ago"
Edited by cajunmoon on 5/10/2017, 8:11 am
and then consider that the cheapest part of having a foal will be the breeding process(and it isn't cheap). Remember there is always a risk to having a mare foal. Even folks with tons of experience, awful things happen during or after foaling with loss of either foal or mare. Then there is the first few weeks of life that things can happen to the mare or foal that risk their lives. After that there is the time and effort in preparing the foal for actual training as a youngster(haltering, leading, picking up feet, clippering, brushing, vetting, the list goes on.It will probably cost you unless you are a good hand at training, about $4000+ to make that foal into a useful using horse, added to that the cost(which can be $3500 for for the breeding process with vet fees, stud fees, feeding, transport, etc. to get the mare in foal. While it always seems romantic, and heartfelt to breed the mare you love in front of you, the practical sides really needs to be addressed. Are you up to the task, physically or mentally, and financially. If you can meet all that, then there should be no reason not to try. PS no one makes money in horses, unless they start with loads of money. Most hobby and businesses operate at a loss, and some folks with money need a write off for taxes. There are a ton of foals/yearlings, and even fully trained horses out there for sale for the cost of making one, probably even with the bloodlines that you love for less than making your own.