We don't really have a choice. It's to the point in my area where there is one decent boarding stable with good facilities within an hour and a half that will let me not train with their trainer. My coach is 4-5 hours trailering away and luckily can come to this barn also for clinics.
Otherwise I'm s.o.l. Lol. I'm lucky its only a 20 to 40 minute drive depending on traffic as I'm out there every day. Posted via Mobile Device
I board my horses at my neighbors house, literally a 5 minute walk (If I'm only strolling) from my front door to my horses stall door, but it is self-care. I work at a barn that is 15 minutes (20 if I get caught by the lights and I actually go the speed limit) away. Honestly, I wouldn't want to board much farther away than this. Its a pain in the winter, and could be even worse if there was an emergency-a lot can happen in 15 minutes. It also depends on the barn though. I live out in the country, the barn I work at is still the closest decent barn around, and I would trust them with my horses-definetly worth the drive. It would be better than a barn that would be risky for my horses yet 5 minutes away.
Because I can't drive and have to rely on other people to go and drive me (Aka the barn owner, a friend who rides there or my boyfriend), I try not to have it too far!
The one I ride my lease horse in is 15-20 mins, the one I might board my future horse in is bout 25 away!