Are you thinking about having a foal, with visions of soft whiskers and gangly legs and that "miracle moment" of birth to witness? There are a lot of wonderful things about raising a foal, but many people focus on those and don't take time to consider the whole picture before making a decision to breed their mare. We hope that before you breed, you will consider all ramifications of breeding and will develop a breeding philosophy that you can be proud of. A sound philosophy and purpose can help ensure that the foal you raise will have a long, happy, and healthy life whether it lives with you or it moves to another home at some time in its life.
There's no doubt that today's market (2010) is not what it was 5 or 10 years ago. Costs of raising and owning horses have risen, but prices of foals and horses in the marketplace have plummeted for many segments of the market. Before raising a foal of your own, be sure that what you are doing is truly the all-around best decision for you, or whether buying a foal that is exactly what you are looking for would be a smarter choice.
Factors to Consider
The Purpose of the Resulting Foal
The Quality of the Mare
The Quality of the Stallion
The Risks Involved
The Likelihood of Getting "Exactly What You Hope For"
Your Facility's Safety
The Foal's Next 30 Years of Life
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