Most breeders from time to time are left with a prospect or two that for some reason or another, hasn't found their show home yet. We are not immuned to that scenario either. Now don't get me wrong here, this boy is no ugly duckling, in fact he is still here because he is one of the best I have ever raised and comes with a pretty hefty price tag. In the market right now, people are a bit gun shy to spend that kind of money on an unproven individual so we (I mean me) is quite happy that no one has scooped him up yet:)!
So off he will go, along with our pie in the sky dreams in hopes that he will be that "unicorn" that all of us dreamers in this horse business are seeking!
This brings me to todays choice of topic......drum roll please.....how do you price your prospects?
Well here is that age old question, what makes one worth so much more then another ??? If we were selling them at a slaughter auction it wouldn't matter the breed, movement, colour, pedigree, height or temperament, horse meat prices are really 25-35c per pound. Ha, now I have your attention!
Happily, most breeders are not breeding for the above reason but are putting years of experience and forethought into their breeding program. In this market many expect to buy a weanling prospect between 2500-5000$, and the cheaper the better...let me tell you, it is almost impossible to get a foal on the ground for this amount of money. I am going to show you in fair detail by picking an average stud fee and average year of expenses to breed a mare and get a live foal on the ground...I am also going to assume that the mare gets in foal on the first and only insemination (the pregnancy rate in mares covered or inseminated in any single heat period is very variable, ranging from 35-75%).
Ok, Here goes............
Mare/Foal Expenses (from breeding to foaling average 340 days);
Stud Fee 1500$ (average for decent stud)
Chute Fee 250$ (this is the cost at the breeding farm for the collection)
Shipping 275$ (average overnight...counter to counter same day 375$)
Health papers 150$ (that is for us Canadians to get semen over border)
Vet work/breeding 1400$ (ultrasounds, breeding, vet checks, foal checks,
Feed for mare 2060$ (during gestation)
Bedding 1380$ (during gestation)
Farrier 240$ (during gestation)
Folaing supplies 200$ (pain meds, colostrum, enemas, wraps, etc.)
Grand total before foal hits the ground.....$7455.00
Add to that costs for foal once born...registration, incentive funds, NSBA, farrier, vet, feed and on and on...until that foal sells, sometimes until its 2yo year...
Please don't think I am being a hard nosed individual...I have been on both sides I assure you, and to this day I very much enjoy getting a good deal too but I really wish more people would be educated on what it actually takes to put that furry little bundle of joy on the ground. I don't do this to get rich obviously, I do it for the sheer love of the breed:)
So I hope you will leave this page today with a little more understanding of the other side and I hope you will find that life long partner that makes all your dreams come true!