Yes, I have been reading up, getting informed, not only by books, but by this forum. At one time I did board one of my horses right after I first purchased...there were 120 boarders there, very hecktic to say the least, but I needed to get to know the horse and how he was taught, his little idiosicricies, etc, so we stayed for a month. That barn is now gone, it was a decent barn, but gone none the less.
From what I gather, communication is key to boarder/barn owner or barn manager. I also know of gripes such as bad grain, bad hay, thought I would leave the grain to the boarder, locked in a closet with their tack, but fed by us each day by their request. We also have hay growing on our 35 acres, and another 30 on adjcent land, being farmed by the neighbor. This land other than 10 acres of it was just passed down to my husband this summer from the loss of his father :( we have had the 10 acres for years now...so now is the time. Altogether there is 60 acres, but only 15 being passed to my husband, 15 to his sister, 15 to his brother, of which we will be buying 10 acres of wood from.
I thought about starting off small, 60x40 barn with my own horses, then go from there, but an arena 60x140 with a added 25x140 foot enclosed lean to is not all that much (materials only) but that 25foot enclosed lean to will only house 9 horses...not enough. If I am going to build I want to do it right the first time. That's why I love the advice...please keep it coming.