I am very happy with our current boarding situation...after searching for a year, we found the perfect place.
We board our 2 horses on a private farm with 26 acres of lush pasture, a six stall barn with stalls that have dutch doors, a pond outside the pasture for us to take the horses swimming in, ...and we are the only boarders there. It is not a boarding facility, and the owners only allowed us to bring our horses there as the wife is a co worker and friend of my adult daughter. the best part is that we are alone. We've had our share of barn drama over the years, and it is emotionally draining and takes away quality time spent with the horses. Now we have the place to ourselves. The owners both have severe back injuries and cannot care for the horses in regards to heavy lifting, but will remove blankets, throw hay into the dry lot if needed, and open the gate to let them out into the grazing fields. she also gets up early in the morning in the winter and will unfreeze their buckets. The best part ever is: we do self care. WE have complete control over when our horses are fed, what they are fed, when they are turned out, how much grazing time they get, when they need to be kept in their stalls, etc.
Most boarding facilities around here have a "in during the night, out during the day" policy.... after memorial day, they reverse that to "in during the day, out during the night". I like our horses to be out 24/7 as much as possible...but with boarding facilities, it's their rules. Our horses haven't been in their stalls for 3 days, except for grain time....if we were at a boarding facility, we wouldn't have that option, and they would be stalled at night...regardless of the weather.
I LOVE self care. If we ever had to go back into a boarding facility, i don't know how I'd survive it.