One of the most interesting (but sometimes frustrating) aspects of the horse industry is that some of the best facilities don’t advertise! So I am hoping to get some word of mouth recommendations for boarding - I’ve gotten some leads from Google and regional Facebook horse groups but want to explore other options.
I am looking for boarding local to New Castle County, DE (think Newark-Wilmington) - this could include barns in Fair Hill/Elkton, Landenberg, Oxford, and possibly southern Chadds Ford (would depend on exact location). I am seeking full care board, and would prefer not to spend more than $575 per month.
I need either an on-site trainer (definitely preferred!), or a facility that accepts outside trainers to give lessons to boarders. A facility that caters to hunter/jumpers or eventers would be lovely. I am not looking for programs where shows or full training are mandatory as I am a professional who works 8 to 5 (and sometimes longer) - though a barn that does show is certainly welcome. However, my current situation is largely very casual trail riders, I am often the only person who uses the ring on a regular basis, and the barn is often empty - this is not ideal for safety reasons. Indoor ring is a lovely bonus!
I think this is doable in this region - I’m originally from farther north in Chester County (think Ludwigs Corner) and am accustomed to a wider range of choice in boarding facilities. Most of what I’m finding is either too casual or too show-oriented. I have to believe there’s a happy medium somewhere - right?!?