Lots of ways to physically accomodate this, but…this isn’t your barn and putting money into “construction” is money you’ll not recoup. You’d also need permission to make the changes and potentially put yourself at risk for those changes if the BO gets whacko about things. It will not likely change the attitude toward maintenance and accommodations, either. Perhaps you should consider another option, such as finding a different barn that has well designed and maintained stalls? ;)[/QUOTE]
Per wood floors, we put them in our barn 21 years ago. I replaced them three years ago as they were showing serious signs of deterioration. A prior tenant had put rubber mats over the wood and that kept moisture on top of the wood, accelerating the deterioration. My error on permitting that.
The base is a concrete slab with french drains and then 4" of crushed limestone on top of that. The wood is laid over the limestone. It makes cleaning quite simple and we’ve NEVER had a smell issue (except for one tenant who did not clean the barn frequently enough; how infrequent?..some stalls had a 6" layer of manure in them when they were finally done at my insistence).
Wood is a good surface but, like every surface, has pros and cons.