My problem is boarding. Ideally, I would like to find a place on the outskirts of the city (10-20 miles) so that I could see and ride my horse every day if feasible. In a perfect world, I would like a place that has a barn and pasture with arena and round pen. A bonus would be friendly owners and and a trainer readily available. Naturally, I know in my area it will be difficult to find a place that meets all my dreams. I would be more than happy to strike a deal with someone who has a little place they would be willing to share for a fee.
My questions: Is this the way it goes? Do most people have more trouble finding boarding than finding a horse? How do you go about finding "hidden gems"? What suggestions do you all have for me? This is new to me and I need some seasoned advice.