Thanks for the info!
First I'll address Xlioness. Yes, I was talking about the studs, I had wondered about people having a "stallion" barn with numerous studs and wondered how they coped. I had also heard about "bachelor" herds and wasn't sure what that was. You may think I am crazy for asking, but I wondered that if the studs were on a separate area, like a mile away, if they would calm down not being around mares.
"That's why farm families have children
Seriously, though, with that many you can't do it all yourself and you do hire help." by PaintHorseMares
^^That's what I was wondering! I got to thinking how long it takes for me to mess with three horses a day let alone 30...
This is how I think it to be, tell me how off I am. :)
After the foals are weaned they would be put in a separate pasture/corral, they would be worked a few (how many do you work a day?) a day to be halter broke, and I'd think the breeder would try to sell (take pictures post online (auction??)etc)as many as possible at this age to have more time for the rest. Then what ever didn't sell as weanlings, depending on the breeders situation, he would handle them as much as possible then send them out to pasture until 3 (still having them up for sale)???
I could see that natural birth out in a close pasture would be easier for a large herd, that being said, you must really have to keep an eye out with that many foaling.
My hat is off to those that do it. I suppose your set up (barns/pastures etc.) is critical to how smoothly things go. I would also think you wouldn't go out one day and buy yourself 30 broodmares and expect to survive throughout the summer still having sanity.
How many acres does one have to have to support one mare and foal?