Okay, not sure if this is the best forum to ask this but here goes .
Heres the deal. I have been out of lessons for over 15 years (aging myself I know, LOL). In the meantime I have ridden a lot as I had my horses at my house. About 7 years ago I stopped riding as my horses were too old with some health issues that made it uncomfortable for them to be ridden on a regular basis. Two years ago I started riding again and last year bought a horse. The riding I have been doing is a lot of bareback trails, trying to train my 8 yr old QH (sometimes like the blind leading the blind ), and a little gaming. Right now I ride about 3-5 days a week anywhere from 30mins to 3 hrs (during the spring-fall at least). My previous lessons were in an english hunter/jumper show barn.
Long story short, I would like to start lessons again to improve my riding skills and help me train my horse. I wouldn't be able to afford to board him and train with him on a regular basis, but I figure anything that improves my riding ability will be good for him. I am interesting in jumping and dressage lessons, maybe eventing at some point. Don't know if he will be good at that but he's in his forever home so if it doesn't work with him he'll still get to trail ride and do games etc. What I am wondering is how to go about finding a good stable in my area, what I should look for, what kind of questions should I ask? This may seem a little dumb, but I like to go into a situation with my eyes wide open and seeing as how snotty these stables can be sometimes, I'd prefer not to go in there all country bumpkinish . Anything you guys can suggest would be great and would help give me a jumping off point.
Thanks for your help!!