What to look for in a place to take lessons?
Hello everyone! I've been seriously considering buying a horse several years from now, but before I can do that I have a great deal to learn/relearn. The plan is, currently, to start by taking riding lessons again (I took riding lessons for about one year when I was 10 or so, but since then I've only been able to ride on the odd trail ride, and not very often at all) and possibly start volunteering at wherever I end up taking lessons.
I was just wondering what I should look for in a facility that offers riding lessons, and what sort of questions should I ask? I do not know for sure if the town I am going to for art school has any places that offer lessons, so I may have to wait until next summer.
As well, would any stable/riding facility even consider letting someone as un-experienced in horses voluteering? Or is it something fairly common?