Your mare can be confirmed in foal by ultrasound scan 12 to 15 days after breeding, or about three weeks after the onset of the heat cycle in which she’s bred. Chart I below compares basic expenses of getting to this point. Whether you breed her at home or send her to a breeding farm, you may need to add in some other veterinary services from Chart II, depending on your mare and her history.) However, a normal, healthy mare may take up to three cycles to conceive–so even if your mare is fertile and problem-free, these figures may be only a starting point.
These figures are based on information from two East Coast equine veterinary practices. Prices may vary from clinic to clinic as well as geographically.
Chart I: The Basics
Chart II: “As Needed”
(add farm-call charge for each procedure)
Read “To Buy or Breed? Strategies for Today’s Market” in the January 2009 issue of Practical Horseman magazine to help you decide what the best course of action is for you.