I'm a newbie and though my intention for now is to master the basics, I'm beginning to think I might have an interest in competing some day. I'm wondering what I should be looking for in a potential barn and coach, and what should be glaring red flags to high-tail it out of there. And in contrast, are there good signs to look for in potential barns/coaches?
I'm also not sure if I should be focusing on private lessons or group lessons. Will I be taking lessons with a coach forever if I want to compete? Is it "frowned upon" to do group lessons at one barn and then leave that barn to take private lessons somewhere else? Are there some unspoken rules about this part of the horse world I'm unfamiliar with - politics, if you will?
Thanks for any advice you can provide!
(and sorry if this has been asked before. I tried to wade through related subjects to see if it was somewhere around here already!)