03-24-2012, 11:54 PM
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^ Certainly do not base a decision solely off of an internet ad, in this case or even something non-horse related.
I found my current internship by searching Google for "dressage internship." I also corresponded with numerous past interns, emailed and phoned the owners, did my research, visited the farm, and did a trial period.
Don't discount a barn or trainer just because they have an online ad. Do your research. Word of mouth is not always possible depending on your location, but once you have a list, start asking around about them. There are plenty of online resources, including this forum. :)