The place I board at now is 30 - 45 mins away. When I first moved Bali there I was so happy I didn't mind the drive, but he's been there 6 months now and I hate it. Probably mostly because it's ugly free way Los Angeles driving... with idiots on the road who make me so angry I don't even feel relaxed enough to be around a horse when I get to the barn.
I am moving for school, and even though my barn now would be only 25 mins or so from my new place, I am looking into closer barns. 30 - 45 mins SOUNDS bad, and then you do it, and it's not.... until you get busy and you begin to dread spending an hour and a half of your life in a car to see your horse- no matter how wonderful your time with your horse is!
Proud owner of 13yr old Paint Gelding, Bali! <3