Welcome to the HGS Horse Forum

The world's largest Horse Forum!

  •  » Over 7 Million posts & over 400,000 Equine Pictures
  •  » Discuss Horse Health, Training, Shows & Competitions, Grooming, Racing, Breeding, Tack, etc
  •  » Buy and Sell in our free horse classifieds.
  •  » If you want to join our 65,000+ members,

...then you're at exactly the right place!

YES! I want to register for free right now!

P.S.: Members don't see this box and also see fewer ads.   Active members receive free gifts!

Results 1 to 8 of 8

Discuss How Much Does it Cost to AI? at the Horse Breeding forum - Horse Breeding Forums.

How much does it cost to breed a mare via shipped semen? I know the ...
  1. #1
    Senior Member+
    *BaRrEL_BaBE*'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004

    How Much Does it Cost to AI?

    How much does it cost to breed a mare via shipped semen? I know the following are involved but am not fully aware of prices:
    *Booking fee:$___ (obviously a variabe)
    *Stud fee: $____ (")
    *Collection fee: $____?
    *Shipping fee: $_____?

    *Actual cost to AI:$____?

    If I am missing anything, please add to it. Thank you.
    (`.*DoN't l00k BacK*.)
    R.I.P. My Beatiful Rumour

  2. #2
    Senior Member+ PinkHorse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Booking fee: Usually $200 to $500 and usually included in the total stud fee but non-refundable and payable at the time of booking.

    Stud fee: $200 (for ****) to unlimited. You get what you pay for in most cases. If you have a well-bred mare who is proven in the show ring and/or a proven producer, most stallion owners will offer reductions if you ask.

    Collection fee: I've never personally seen higher than $250 per collection and $200 seems to be the norm. It depends on the where the stallion is being collected (in-house or other facility) and the associated costs for the stallion owner. Many stud fees include the 1st collection at no additional cost but read your contract to be sure.

    Shipping fee: Depends on mode of transit and where the shipment is moving to/from. For semen coming into Canada from the US, I always budget $200 for each shipment "just in case". Again, some stud fees include the first shipment so read the contract thoroughly.

    Actual cost to AI: You need to talk to your vet about this one as the costs can vary widely. The actual cost to inseminate your mare is low but you're also going to need at least 2 ultra-sounds per try (initial to see where she is in her cycle so you can order semen at the right time; 2nd at approx 10 days after insemination to see if she's in foal). Many vets will want to ultrasound immediately prior to insemination also. We've found it most economical for our mares to live at the clinic when they're being bred. It saves on multiple call fees, time off work, etc and the vets reduce their charges a little because some of the work can be done at their convenience. I usually budget $350 - $500.

  3. #3
    Senior Member+
    Acme Acres's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    Pink had a good ball park. I've put down what it would be with our stallion:
    Quote Originally Posted by *BaRrEL_BaBE* View Post
    How much does it cost to breed a mare via shipped semen? I know the following are involved but am not fully aware of prices:
    *Booking fee: (obviously a variabe) $250 (but included in the stud fee)
    *Stud fee: (") $550 this year
    *Collection fee: ? $250/$300 (US/Canada)
    *Shipping fee: ? Included in the collection fee

    *Actual cost to AI:? If we were to AI on farm instead of shipping, $150

    If I am missing anything, please add to it. Thank you.
    Acme Acres
    Home of Dun Overo APHA/PtHA Stallion: Reflections Playboy & AMHR Black Tobiano Sunrae's Casino Magic www.azpainthorses.com

  4. #4
    Senior Member+ paintlver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    The great white north,,,,, Canada
    AI if your horses catches on the first go can be worthwhile but if you have a mare that is hard to conceive then it gets crazy expensive....

  5. #5
    Senior Member+
    txgray's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    central TX
    it all depends on the stallion and the clinic, but here's the figures to breed to my filly's sire

    *Booking fee:$500
    *Stud fee: $2000
    *Collection fee: $200
    *Shipping fee: $150
    *Actual cost to AI:$I ended up paying about $500 per cycle including everything.. took two tries

  6. #6
    Senior Member+
    Goonhorse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Blog Entries
    If they use an Equitainer, the cost of shipping will be more, but if you get the Equitainer back on time, then they'll refund your money.

    But in short, it's expensive.
    For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God.

  7. #7
    Senior Member+
    nrhareiner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    It really depends. Here I can AI a mare and it will cost me nothing out side of what the stud fee and shipping cost. Most stallion owners are not including the first shipment in the stud fee which is what I do with my stallion outside stallions I charge $200 to collect and ship. So cost will varie.

    Most of the standard cost are prity much set and you will know them before you acturally breed. However if you are going to need to use a vet to acturally know when you need the semen and to do the AI the cost can get up there. That too will varie depending on the vet and mare.


  8. #8
    Senior Member+
    prettyqtrs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Everything is going to vary, from vet to vet, stallion to stallion, etc. But basically, its expensive.
    My parents have a young stallion (will be 2 in February) so we have a list of breeding costs for 2008, to give us a rough idea of what it would cost to collect and ship off of him for cooled semen. (which won't be happening for a while yet)

    Office call: $19
    Semen Collection: $160
    Equitainer Processing: $45
    Handling Fee: $25
    Equitainer Rental: $35
    Fed Ex Charges (in the US): $90

    And it has usually cost us about $500 per cycle to breed our mares (AI, cooled semen) on the farm.

Similar Threads

  1. Cost of AI lab
    By Solsalia in forum Horse Breeding
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 01-23-2009, 03:28 PM
  2. How much would it cost?
    By ahorseofcourse in forum Tack & Equipment
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 12-30-2007, 01:48 PM
  3. How much does gas cost you?
    By tangopony in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 49
    Last Post: 07-07-2006, 07:03 AM
  4. Cost of a dog?
    By SpiritSaddle in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 06-01-2006, 02:16 PM
  5. Cost
    By MyBabyTex in forum Horse Chat
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 03-24-2005, 11:33 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts