I ride horses every summer, in Pennsylvania. I can't ride year-round because where I live, the city is just too cramped and filled to find a stable within driving distance.
Every summer I stay with my family. They have a 35-acre property that mainly consists of thick woodland. There is a barn that is filled with goats, and a cramped vegetable garden that takes up a lot of space behind the house. There is limited space for a horse.
Anyways. A friend of the family has a herd of horses and is offering to rent one out to me for the summer, which is something I've always wanted to do. She lives far away, though, about forty five minutes driving. My family is very busy, and we probably wouldn't have enough time every day to go and stay with her for riding and such.
Another family member offered to let us keep one of her horses on our property, but we simply can't find the room. During the summer, could a horse stay in a barn filled with goats, or could it stay outside in a fenced paddock 24/7?
I could always take lessons from a local stable, but the people there are catty and rude, and I feel so uncomfortable that I just don't want to return.
Help me. What should I do?