My absolute favorite facility is a Hunter/Show Jumper barn, however it specializes a bit more on the Show Jumper side which is what I want to do overall--after I of course learn the basics of English and am a confident rider. I'm not in a rush to just start jumping, by any means. I just want to be sure that I learn to ride correctly and safely.
Anywhoo, at the moment I'm having a predicament concerning money which means I can't afford to pay for lessons. However I heard about people working (doing stable chores, etc) in exchange for lessons and I do have a bit of free time on my hands and was highly interested in learning all aspects of horse care, handling, etc especially since I'm not one of the (lucky) people that get to be around them all the time.
I was wondering if working in exchange for lessons was a common occurance?
Also, how should I go about asking for the exchange? Should I "officially" tour the facility and then tell them about my situation?
Sorry I'm a bit new to this and want to give myself the best odds possible.
Thank you for reading/commenting! Any help is appreciated(: