Whether you ride Western or English, we all have to look for the same main things when it comes to finding the right stable. It's not like you can just go to the closest one to you and start to ride, even though it seems like that is what most people do. There are many things to consider before you start riding at a new stable.
When looking for the right place to ride the first thing you should look for is cleanliness. How clean are the stalls? How clean are the riding rings? How clean is the staff? Sure, you are at a barn so it's not like everything will be spotless, but there is a huge difference between a well maintained barn and one that is not maintained at all. Make sure to look at the aisles as you pass by all the stalls. Are there shavings or dirt lying around? Look at their equipment too. Everything from the jumps to the bushes should be in good condition. One of the biggest things to look for as well is the water buckets that are out in the paddocks. If you happen to walk by one during your tour, look to see how clean the water is. Would you drink out of it? The water buckets out in the field are usually neglected. They need to stay clean to keep the horses healthy. Bacteria will quickly grow in the buckets if no one cleans them. The next thing you know, there are plants growing out of the water buckets.
You should never have to settle for a stable just because it's the first place you look. There are many stables that focus on different disciplines. The best thing you can do is look around and find the best one for you. Talk to your friends and family and do your research. The last thing you want to do is get stuck in something you didn't want to deal with.
Whatever your needs are, I hope that this information was helpful to you. I wish you all the best. Happy stable hunting!