When trying to appropriately price your recipient mare for the market, we suggest (and you don't
to follow this!) being very clear and considering these options.
Recipient Mare Pricing:
Consider the cost of board/keeping your mare for 1.5 years
approximately (breeding period, 11 months gestation, plus weaning period), and specify whether
this cost will include:
For example, I might say 1500$ to lease my recipient mare for 1.5 years and include her
board, feed, all hoof care and care of the foal for the first 6 months on my property but
does that not include any surplus vet bills associated to the foal or keeping the pregnancy.
Or I might say that it's a 900$ lease for the next 18 months, and they have to cover all
costs of the mare but she can go off-property. The clearer you are, the more likely you are
to have better offers roll in on your services.
Embryo Transfer Pricing:
One method of pricing equine embryos currently is to estimate the cost of the mare and
price the embryos at 10-20% of that estimate, depending on the mare. Example: a 25000$ mare
might ask 2500$ per embryo.
Be prepared for a touch of time off for
1-2 weeks from competitions. Specifically, consider the cost of how much you think your mare's
offspring will be worth. Specify whether this cost will include:
Breeding Leases and Custom Foal for Sale in Utero Pricing:
Consider the cost of board/keeping your mare for 1.5 years approximately (breeding period, 11
months gestation, plus weaning period), the future worth of her offspring (embryo fees), and
whether this includes the stud fee or not. Specify whether this cost will include: