I went to go look at a barn today and it seems like it's more or less exactly what I'm looking for. The big thing is turnout- my horse currently only gets maybe 3 hours of turnout each day, and the new place has them out for about 12 hours each day plus each stall has a 42' run attached.
I'm concerned about two things, though. First, they have a fair amount of open stalls. I would expect a barn with its level of amenities and price to be full or close to it. They're about the same price as my current barn, which rarely has any open stalls. They do cater to a different audience in that my current barn has several trainers (but is not heavily show oriented) whereas the new place only offers beginner lessons and is not particularly focused on that (it sounds like the owner only gives a few lessons on Saturday mornings) I found a handful of reviews online, all positive, and I plan on asking my vet if she knows of the place/has ever been called out there.
The other thing is that it's a lot quieter than what I'm used to. There are only 6 other boarders, and it doesn't sound like they actually ride that much. On one hand it will be nice to have the arenas all to myself, but on the other hand I don't know if I'll miss having other people around or not. My horse has been acting up with other horses in the arena lately and I've been going out to my barn when I know other people will be there so I can school him on the issue; I'm kind of afraid that if I don't ride around other horses then he'll get worse and I won't know about it until the warm up arena at a show O_o
Any advice on how to make sure a barn is good before moving there?
Any advice/stories about moving from a large, busy barn to a small, quiet one?