It can be a tough year for breeding next year due to all the uncertainty. We observed many foals either not selling at a price that would be considered fair two years ago, and some well bred foals are being dumped to the market at a price that is hardly enough to cover the stud fee, vet services, inspection, registration and feeding the mare for 12 months. We are doing our best to help our breeders market their foals, but we must advise all who try to market their horses with the following:
- You must have at least one high resolution very well posed conformation shot or action shots that show the conformation well.
- It is important to have a good video that clearly shows the horse's movements at all 3 gaits from the side, and preferably from the front and back as well. The video should be taken in a well-lit location with anti-shake or image stabilizer feature on, and steadily zoom to focus on the horse at all time.
I will write up some tips on how to use just a cheap digital camera to get good web quality pictures. It does require some help from others and a lot of patience. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, based on anectodal indicators from the classified ads and equestrian forums, and very obvious indicators of world economy, stock, real estates and lending markets, overall breeding market will likely decline next year just like the other trades, this means whoever has good young horses 2-3 years later when the economy turns around will be in a much better market position. Quality will sell.
To help breeders to have a good start, we are offering a pre-season early booking discount at 50% off on both booking and stud fees for all our stallions. For return breeders, we have an even nicer deal for you. We have other options for new clients as well. We are also interested in partnership with qualified mares. Please just call or email us for more details.
Wish you a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving, and enjoy the time with your friends and family, two-legged as well as the four-legged.