03-14-2011, 12:12 AM
| || | Teaching group dressage lessons?
My first post! Im currently working for a therapeutic riding center. We have 9 wonderful therapy horses who are great at their jobs. They are all senior horses. In addition to our regular therapy program, I have 2 groups of "able-bodied" beginner (w/t/c) adult riders. In the past (and all of my current therapy lessons) are private lessons. This is my first experience teaching a group. I am finding this to be quite a challenge as I feel I can't give all of my riders the attention they need. Neither horses nor riders have had previous dressage instruction. I know what needs to be worked on in both horse and riders separately but put them all together and I feel overwhelmed. I have tried teaching themed lessons (i.e. Rhythm/relaxation, riding simple tests etc). I see so much progress in my private lessons but my groups seem to be progressing like snails (and they don't even have a physical/mental disability as my privates do!). I feel like I must be doing something wrong. My question is, what is the most effective way to teach basic dressage to a group of "average" riders on elderly "dull" horses. I know I can't expect perfection from them but id still like to give my riders a solid foundation. Any suggestions would be great!