Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USDF Region 1, USEA Area 2, USEF Zone 3 - Maryland
I'm assuming you mean "private barn" vs. "public barn" :]
A private barn is often a smaller barn in somebody's backyard. They may have room for 6 horses, but only have 4. So, they offer 2 stalls for boarding. Since there are so few horses they probably recieve excellent care by the barn/property owner. Also, if you want lessons or training you probably have to find a trainer to come to you or trailer to your trainer.
A public barn would be a large boarding/training facility. People can come in and take lessons on horses owned by the stable. Boarding is a large part of their income. They have barn workers, so your horse might not always recieve the same, evcellent care everyday. Often times there is a barn trainer. And they also might host shows.
IMO these are some of the differences between private and public barns. I'm sure I forgot different aspects though :]