Anyone ever do a breeding/foaling co-op?
Has a small group of breeders ever gotten together, bought some land, and built a "breeders co-op" farm for foaling and raising the babies until it's time to be sent out and started under saddle? I've been thinking about this, and there are several advantages to doing something like this including saving quite a bit of money.
First and foremost, a breeder wouldn't need to actually live on the property which would save them oodles of money on their personal mortgage or rent. No need to buy or live in a house with acreage.
The facility could be kept very simple. No need for riding arena$, indoor$, or $tallion housing/breeding shed. One or two simple fenced in, flat areas to video youngsters, hold inspections, or show buyers youngstock. Horses could be kept largely outside 24/7, with access to good sized, well designed shelters. A well designed shed row barn with some large foaling stalls, an office/apartment (for foal watch), a palp/breeding/exam area, and one pole building for hay and equipment storage. Care and upkeep could be done in a co-op fashion, both giving people an occasional break, and/or having a helping hand (in another breeder) around when you really need one.
Such a facility could also provide buyers with the ability to see more youngsters in one location -- a HUGE issue here in North America.