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post #1 of 7 Old 10-24-2011, 04:04 AM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-24-2011, 08:30 AM
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I'm NOT a coach , but I know several eventing trainers taking lessons with my dressage trainer. And I know of trainers taking lessons with big names in their discipline, when the big name gives a clinic in area. Which perfectly makes sense - you never stop to learn something new.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-24-2011, 06:17 PM
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I also used to teach my friend. She used to share my pony that I backed myself and so it made sense for me to teach her as I knew the pony inside out. I had also ridden with her for YEARS so I knew her technique really well (we had the same instructor).
Now I teach a beginner who is sharing my first pony, so again I know the pony really well.
I do give advice to friends and I still have lessons. I also know that my instructor has lessons, but only occasionally.

I do think that most instructors do either have lessons if the still ride/go to teaching clinics if they don't. My instuctor did actually take me to one the other week, which was really interesting.
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-24-2011, 06:34 PM
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My two coaches take lessons from each other, as well as higher level riders. They will get a lesson at the showgrounds, or will ship in to their coaches (the higher level riders) barn.

They also try and organize one clinic a year at the barn, in which students can participate, plus they get the chance to participate as well.

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-24-2011, 06:59 PM
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My current instructor goes to 1-2 clinics a month, shows in dressage and H/J and takes lessons when she has the time.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-25-2011, 07:56 AM
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I only do a bit of casual coaching at the moment, as I am now working a full time office job (have to pay for those horse some how!). However, I absolutely did and do, continue having lessons and attending clinics. You never stop learning, and to be honest I would prefer not to have regular lessons with a coach that did not seek guidance from others. The more methods and 'tricks up your sleeve' you have as a rider, will improve your ability and quality as a coach.
Even the top international riders in all disciplines, have lessons still. Edward Gal (think Totilas) always has lessons and 'eyes on the ground' to tell him how the horse looks from the ground, what he could change etc.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-26-2011, 01:18 PM
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Regular lessons for myself, occassional clinics and shows.

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