The Hidden Costs of Breeding Your Mare


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Breeding your mare might sound like a great idea, and maybe you’ve even started a budget. Before you start browsing ads for stallions at stud, though, you’ll want to be sure that you haven’t overlooked some costs of breeding that don’t immediately spring to mind.

Booking Fee

In addition to the stud fee, many times you will pay an additional fee to book your mare into the stallion’s schedule. If you opt to artificially inseminate your mare, you may face fees for semen collection and shipping. Don’t forget that you will also need a vet or skilled breeder to perform the artificial insemination, which will be an additional charge.

Vet Checks

During the breeding process, your mare will need an assortment of vet checks. The breeding contract may require that your mare be examined and tested before the breeding. A vet check will be necessary to confirm pregnancy, and if your mare does not readily conceive, you may need another vet check if you’re working with a live foal guarantee contract. If your mare does conceive, a second vet check after the 45 day point is standard.

Unexpected Vet Expenses

While you can certainly budget for the standard vet visits, you will also want to be sure to have money saved in case the unexpected happens. Complications can arise during pregnancy and after birth, and the mare, the foal, or both may require veterinary attention. Especially in the case of foals, aggressive, timely treatment is necessary, which can mean multiple vet visits and high vet bills.

Board

Don’t overlook the fact that soon you will be boarding two horses, not just one. If you plan to breed your mare with the intention of selling the foal, consider how old the foal will be when you sell it. Foals old enough to be stalled on their own will likely incur separate boarding costs, so be sure to account for this when planning out your breeding budget.

Training

Every foal requires regular handling and training, and it’s best if this begins at an early age. If you are experienced in breeding and raising foals, then chances are that you can do at least some of the foal’s training on your own. If this is your first time breeding a foal, then you will definitely need help in training it. Be sure to account for training expenses in your budget.

Breeding your mare can be rewarding and exciting, but be sure that you cover the hidden costs in your budget in addition to the standard costs. Before you start looking at stallions at stud, check over your budget to make sure that you’re ready to take on breeding your mare.

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