All I have decided on already is that we would like a semi-large (about a 30 stall) horse stable with plenty of paddocks and places to ride.
Some things that I have found to not work so well:
1.) Sand footing inside the barn= DUST, DUST, DUSTTT! (several horses came down with bad coughs and breathing problems, and some even needed to have medicine)
2.) Hay and feed stored above the stalls (fire hazard!)
3.) Riding areas bumped up against pastures (horses being worked wouldn't listen, or they would act up out of excitement - hormones - LOL)
4.) Pastures located in valleys (terrible conditions for the horses to live in, especially when it rained. Their feet would slide right under from them. Terrible drainage too resulted in horses being kept in for extended periods of time.)
5.) Only one arena/place to ride! (Boarders fought over who could ride that day. Granted, this was a western and english barn, so nobody could ride together. Dressage, jumpers, barrel racers, and mounted shooters could not all work together in the same place.)
What are your guys' ideas on pros and cons of stable arrangements?
What do you think of aisle barns? Multiple barns separate from another?
What's your favorite barn design and why? I saw the neatest log cabin barn ever! It makes me dream to live out in the woods. :'D