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Typical cost to breed and raise a foal

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  • Typical cost to breed and raise a foal

    From those that have bred and raised their own foal, what were the typical costs from inception to weaning? This is assuming that everything went swimmingly.

    I sat down today and had a serious look at everything in regards to potentially breeding my mare, and want to get a good grasp of the costs beyond getting her in foal.
    Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
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  • #2
    Would you be keeping the mare and foal at home or at someone else's facility?

    I think that's where is can really get expensive.


    • #3
      The "swimmingly" part is always the hard part- rarely do things ever go exactly as planned, from missed FedEx shipments to foaling issues to sick babies and everything in between it's good to have a broad understanding of everything that can (and often will) go wrong. Foals from inception to weaning (with your own place) can run as little as $6,500 and as much as $15,000 and often you have very little control over which end you fall closer too. There was a great thread this year that broke down costs (very detailed) which is extremely accurate and helpful and make sure you have access to a great repro vet - it can make all the difference in the world.
      Expecting 2017 foals by Vagabond de la Pomme, Cornet Obolensky, Zirocco Blue, Catoki and Christian.


      • #4
        There was a great thread this year that broke down costs
        Do you remember how it was titled? I'd love to take a look at it!


        • Original Poster

          She would continue to be boarded at her current facility as the BO has a lot of experience with breeding and raising foals as well as the facilities to safely do so.
          Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
          The Blog


          • #6
            If you don't have a facility - make sure to add on board for 18 months (getting pregnant, carrying, and nursing) plus I would assume a foal
            Watch fee as well as extra board for foal by side. Also look at what it will cost board wise to raise and then break/train a young horse - many weanlings do not sell as weaners! I will look for that thread - it was very realistic.
            Expecting 2017 foals by Vagabond de la Pomme, Cornet Obolensky, Zirocco Blue, Catoki and Christian.


            • #7
              Stud fee and vet/insemination fees are the biggest costs of the breeding pending no health issues with mare/foal. If you pay board on your mare/foal this adds a lot more making it very costly unless you can board pretty cheap. Board is just "money out the window" on a foal. If you're breeding for yourself, it doesn't matter but if you're looking to sell without a $$ loss, I wouldn't recommend breeding and boarding your mare/foal.
              Last edited by woodland cottage; Dec. 15, 2012, 01:52 PM.


              • #8
                There is a thread somewhere where I broke my costs for L down. It was rather mind blowing. Fresh semen, but three tries.

                The actual semen cost was one of the smaller ones, so buy the best semen for your particular mare and dont fret the cost of that, because in the end it is a fraction of what you will spend on getting a foal from conception to riding age. ;-)
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                • #9
                  of course the costs are also regional but here's the figures from the kitchen table:

                  around: $10,640 based on the following figures:
                  stud fee: 1500-2500
                  fed ex/collection vet/frozen shipping container: 300-600
                  mare board $300 x 18: 5400
                  insemination: 400
                  foaling: 600
                  well baby checks: 80 x 3
                  hoof care/vaccines/worming: 400
                  Regumate: 500

                  even if you keep your mare at home your own home, she eats $120 or thereabouts per month.

                  some places charge the same of mare as mare with foal, some charge more. It's cheaper in europe, even with VAT.

                  some vet clinics charge more for AI with frozen and some charge a flat fee per mare cycle instead of a la carte charges for palpaltions, exams.

                  oh, I forgot dental...


                  • #10
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                    • Original Poster

                      The foal would be boarded for "free" until weaning. She is boarded right now so boarding her during pregnancy/foaling would be no "additional" cost. I am already paying that and will likely continue to pay board for her for the rest of her life, as well as the foal. My SO is not horsey at all so it would be a cold day in heck where I would ever be able to have a horse at home. The foal would be a keeper as long as possible (since I know things happen), so I am not at all looking to make money on this one.

                      And just for fun, here is my mare:


                      She has had 6 foals previously, two of them WS qualified. Here are those two:

                      Skye baby

                      Skye baby

                      And here are the two stallions I am considering:

                      Spot My Blue Boy

                      Choc Full Of Chips
                      Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
                      The Blog


                      • Original Poster

                        Originally posted by rodawn
                        Frankly, if you have to board, you are better off buying a weanie from a breeder
                        Oh I am for sure considering this as well. As much as I would love to have a Skye-baby, I would be pretty devastated if I lost her too, which I am well aware can happen. There is just not a lot available in my breed of choice in the discipline I would be aiming the foal towards in my area in horses of any age.
                        Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
                        The Blog


                        • #13
                          This is something I try to explain to people frequently. We only have top bloodline mares with great conformation, movement, sound minds and dispositions. I only breed to top bloodline stallions with the same attributes, chosen carefully to complement each individual mare.

                          My horses all receive top care from my highly specialized staff (all but 1 of my experienced staff have 4-year Equine Science degrees, with focus on breeding/reproduction) who along with me, work with our young horses from the day they are born to produce highly socialized, well behaved weanlings/young horses. We do not ever cut corners at all.

                          All of this costs money, but the extra effort pays off in the long run, since our horses are well known for their excellent breeding, health, great dispositions and manageability. Why do many people still think it is unreasonable to price a top bred weanling foal at $15K when we already have close to that amount invested in it? Breeding is a business. We cannot afford to continue to breed if we lose money on every foal we produce by pricing them at far less than what we have invested in them.

                          The initial price you pay for your young horse is, in most cases, actually small potatoes compared to what you will pay in ongoing expenses for board, training, vet bills, farrier, showing etc. It costs exactly the same for these expenses regardless of the breeding or overall quality of the horse.

                          The difference comes in the horse's potential. If all you want is a horse to pleasure ride or occasionally take to a local schooling show, it is not so important, but if you are serious about competing, it just makes sense to get the best quality foal/young horse you can afford. That horse will likely have the most natural in born "tools in the toolbox" to become the best horse for allowing you to achieve your goals in the future. No amount of money/time spent on training can ever give your horse natural talent, great movement, conformation, a sound mind or a super disposition if he/she is not born with it.
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