I bought my horse in 10/07 and we are now at our 3rd stable and plan to be there a few years.
The 1st stable he coliced 2X (lack of forage, hay, pecking order stress, other horses biting him, and other humans hitting him and using whip).
The 2nd stable his health improved, yet owner lied, did not feed him grain I was paying him to be fed, not allowed water during the day, injuries that left scars, and pecking order issues. He would constantly change the stable hours to suit his personal needs. Was each of those for 6 mths each. Left the 2nd stable without notice. Three (3) months later his house burnt down! I know, its awful! Yet, the owner was so cheap that he could afford to take a vacation every other month, yet refused to fix his water pump! Thus, the fire engines were unable to save his house! A month or so later, he kicked off about 16 other boarders! Geesh.
My current stable is nice, yet no access to trails. I enjoy the comraderie, yet also the privacy. I do not like to mix mares and geldings, the owner did this and that mare tore him up! Now he is in a pasture by himself, and things are OK now. I do a few chores and the owner is nice enough to take me out in her horse trailer for trail rides, otherwise I ride in the arean. I have access 24/7, which is great!