First off I like to casually western ride - trails some ring riding etc.
I am currently been leasing a horse at a barn but have had my own horses there also. Known the individual that owns the barn and been there 2 years. Its just me and her. No other boarders. She is a nice person and probably means well. However in the past few weeks has started becoming really dictative. Suggesting I buy a certain horse (same breed she rides), suggesting I not ride in a brand new cordura saddle I bought because she said it was not safe like leather ones, telling me to start wearing a helmet (which I should anyway), being really bossy. It was just really off putting to me and caused me to consider leaving.
I am getting a new horse now and have the option of staying there or going to these other places:
1. Very nice cutting horse breeding farm (I am not going for this reason or discipline only consider because its nice) - they have an outdoor ring, indoor ring, 20 stall barn (but I can't use a stall), and paddocks and large pastures. However none of the pastures have run ins or anyway for the horses to get out of the weather. The board price here is 150 and includes just use of riding areas, and pasture. No feed or extras. Possibly includes hay in winter. This farm is about 22 mins each way from my home. There are 3 other boarders there but are not there much.
2. Next is a farm that's only 10 minutes from me. It offers only self care type boarding with no feed or hay. But has a stable that stalls can be used any time as needed as long as they are cleaned. Run in shelter in pasture, round pen, riding ring, and some trails. The board here is 200 and there is 1 other boarder there.
3. Is a farm that is 30 minutes from me has 400 acres of riding. Pasture only with some hay in winter. But it has 15 boarders (I worry about drama and clickyness that comes with a lot of boarders) and they primarily do a lot of fox hunting and cross country. A few western riders, but not much. No riding rings except a "grass area". No barn to use. Some little lean to shelter type areas. Its 140 here.
So based on this what would you do and where would you go? This is a big decision because I don't want to jump from place to place.