Thanks everyone for your honest advice/opinions. I can clarify a few things - the barn is less than a mile from our house (yay!). Also, we live on a military installation and the barn is owned and operated by the US Army. There is a cavalry side and a privately owned horse side. The rules are very black and white and thus, there is really is no drama, no ill-behaved horses or people because they will get kicked out, no questions asked. The barn manager (whom I just purchased a horse from) is excellent and keeps things running smoothly. As is with the military in general, everyone looks out for each other and if there's a day where we are gone, or vice versa, there is always someone to call if you need your horse(s) turned in, out, fed, or just checked on. I think it's a great self-care set up!