Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
You can always take one lesson at the barn as a tester - if you like it then do more, if you don't, keep looking. Its not like you have to enter a forever teaching relationship, you can always leave. Go there, have a look around, see if their horses are cared for, if their tack is well fitting and clean, all that kind of stuff, then see how they teach.
I don't know if its normal over there, but I find it a bit weird that they could already tell you what horse you'd be riding even though they had never met you, and have never seen you ride. When I was at a riding school we rode a different horse each lesson.