Question for coaches: your training
If you coach other riders, do you participate in some form of continuing education for yourself? If so, what do you do to hone both your riding and coaching skills? If not, why not?
I've always wanted to coach horse riding. I'm teaching a friend the basics currently - so much fun for both of us and he says I'm keeping the lessons challenging and interesting. I know this situation would not be recommended for most riders like myself (safety first!). However, he knows he is my first and only student and that he gives me feedback on my coaching style in turn for my teaching him technique. I have set realistic expectations for both us us regarding what level of instruction he can expect to get from me. It has been great fun coming up with lesson plans and building on technique from one week to the next.
So I'm interested to hear from other coaches on what methods (types of lessons or clinics or...?) you use to continue to improve their own skills. And if you don't, why not?