The only couple barn experience I've had was when I first had started riding. In those situations, I was given a lesson horse and lessons were paid for. I also did some work around the barn [just regular stuff like cleaning tack and horses pre-show].
Soon, I'll be moving to Northern NY near buffalo, and there are quite a few horse barns there. However... I don't own a horse, and their websites never mention anything about needing your own to do anything.
I've been thinking about leasing one of their own horses, but would I still have to pay for board? Do most barns let you ride outside of lessons? And, if I decide to get my own horse and board, is there any way I can bring the cost down by doing some of the maintenance myself?