We boarded our horses for like six years, and it wasn't bad because we lived across the street, so it never really seemed like we were boarding. The guy that owned the barn was my dad's best friend, so that was great too, and he knows his **** about horses, so he was nice to have around.
Unfortunately he sold it after about 2 and a half years after we got there to people that should never ever be allowed to have horses, or any kind of animal. We ended up doing everything ourselves, so we just ended up doing everything ourselves, so we didn't have any of the nice perks of boarding. These people wouldn't feed them or water them, or bring them in during bad weather. There was 30 year old horse that would stand in the paddock with no water during 100 degree weather, and in the winter he would be out there in blizzards with no blanket. I hate these people. We would end up taking care of all the horses and their barn cats.
I don't trust anyone with my horses, but myself because of this. I also just love having them in the back yard. I can look out the window of our office and see my pretty ponies grazing, or I can just walk out the back door with a treats. I would have a hard time going back to boarding.
I also hate the drama that seems to form at barns. We have a few boarders, but they are all older professional women who just come and go and never cause problems. I can see the benefits to boarding though if you find the right barn. I unfortunately had a bad experience and it ruined boarding for me forever.