I'm still in the process of looking for a barn I can call home since my 10+ years hiatus. I wasn't very good back then, I took group lessons for 1-2 years, I can't even remember, and I don't remember anything, other than heels down and maybe posting trots.
I liked the barn where I took my first few lessons, but my trainer got into a horse accident and they only have one English trainer and schedule is hard to fit in. I like this barn because it is cheap, $60/hr, and you can go in 15 min early to tack, and they will show you how to do it if you're not confident and this doesn't count towards my lesson time.
This other barn, the instructor is amazing. She is very detail oriented, taught me lots stuff about horsemanship, much better than my previous trainer, but the problems are
1: they count all this into my lesson time, so she spent like half an hour doing this, leading the horse out , how things work there, saddling etc, and I prob rode about 15 minutes... Their lesson is only 45 minutes long,
2 I am not sure i like dressage at this point yet, I would like to continue with hunter jumper since I really would like to jump.
This place is $65/45 min
I do realize the advantage of learning dressage, I felt it was tedious but so useful!! However, the barn does not teach any jumping, and I really don't like the saddling eating so much into my saddle time.
What do you guys think?