So I'm not 100% sure where the best place to put this question. But boarding might be the best?
Currently I'm at one stable taking one group lesson a week. I really want to ride more than that so I'm thinking about taking the next step and part boarding a horse. Or at least that's the term all the stables here use (but from looking online it seems like most other areas use either the term part leasing or leasing?). Basically I would get one horse that I'd be able to ride 3 times a week (some places are more, some are less, but the two stables I'm considering right now it's 3 rides a week). Most of the rides I'd be on my own, but I can add lessons in for an extra charge (much lower than I'm currently paying for lessons, since the lesson cost won't include the horse).
There would also be the opportunity to compete with 'my' horse. The nice thing about it too is if 'my' horse is sick or hurt, I can ride one of the other horses at the barn.
I would eventually like to buy my own horse and stay at the same barn and board him/her there, work with the same coach (although buying a horse would be several years down the road: I know I'm not ready for that right now!) etc etc.
I'm just wondering, what are some things I should be looking for at the new place, both in terms of boarding long term, but also part boarding? What are some questions I should be asking? There's 2 stables I have in mind right now, and both are pretty equal in price and each have their pros and cons. I just don't want to rush into things like I did with the stable I'm taking lessons at right now.