I suppose I fall in a group at the barn who isn't privileged enough to have a stall. All the lesson horses live outside with my horse. A young girl who lost her grandfather (who paid for her board) had to put her horse outside because it was cheaper. Every other boarder has a stall. I guess I was unaware that I was one of the "less fortunate". Must have passed over my head since I usually ride alone and haven't been there too often except for the last two months. Barn gossip and status symbols. I don't need that stuff.
I could get a stall for my horse. The way my barn is set up there are stalled horses who go out at night in summer and out during the day in winter. Then there are field boarders, out 24/7 with a lean to. Then there is my option, pay for my own stall in bank barn but only use the stall in terrible weather.
I don't believe it makes me lesser than the boarders who use their stalls. That's not the right choice for my horse.