I wanted to put this here so that hopefully I would get more input.
Backstory (sorry if this gets lengthy):
I am moving barns, period. I need to leave where I currently am due to personal reasons.
I have been looking for a solid month for areas close to me (within about 15 miles if possible). There are only a handful of places that are close and only a couple in my price range ($450/month max).
I went to look at one barn that is just out of my distance requirement (17ish miles) and I really liked it. Its more of an adult amateur barn (I am 27) which I like and is tailored for Eventing/Cross Country. They are consistent in going to competitions and they have a trainer on site which I also like. Indoor arena and huge pasture with cross country jumps, etc. The going rate at this barn is $380/month for a covered run and daily pasture turnout. The two issues when I looked at this barn 3 weeks ago was that they had no availability and the drive would be about 20-30 minutes every time I wanted to go to the barn (which I like to do 5-6 times a week if possible).
I looked at another barn that is less than 10 miles away. They are a smaller barn that doesn't compete or anything. Its individual people with their personal horses. No trainer on site (although you can bring in whoever you choose). SUPER nice people and I feel very comfortable with keeping my horse here. There just wouldn't really be an option for me to Event through this barn, it would just be on my own. It's very close to my work, so wouldn't be as much driving and visiting every day wouldn't be an issue at all. The going rate here is $450/month.
Up until an hour ago, I was moving my horse to the second barn at the end of this month.
Dilemma is that the first barn just called me and said they will have an opening as of April 1st...
What would you do?