I am trying to buy some English riding lessons for my little sister for Christmas, and there are so many people around here that think they know how to ride because they use an English saddle, but they work out of their back yard and I am not okay with that. I am looking to find a professional facility that provides horses and experienced trainers in the discipline. I used to practice low level Dressage and began HUS but it has been years and I am considering taking the lessons with her.
What I want to know, is what do you guys look for in a professional lesson/training session for English riding? I know that she would like to give the show jumping circuit a try if she really falls into the whole English thing, so that is the direction I want to steer her in. As far as fair prices, lesson horses, a knowledgeable trainer, etc, what should I keep an eye out for?
I have been riding forever, I am very experienced and I train as well but in the Western discipline (i.e. Western Pleasure, Reining, Working Cowhorse, etc) but she is very timid and a beginner rider. Please, any tips and advice would be wonderful :) Thank you and God Bless.