So today, I am teaching my first lesson. I know the girl, and she knows the horse she is riding, I have seen her ride him, I am not too worried about her lesson.
But this coming up week, I am teaching a lesson to a brand new beginner, on my horse, that she has never met before. Any tips when it comes to doing beginner lessons? I have a general idea of what we are going to go through, but since she is so young I don't want to overload her with information, but at the same time, obviously I want to teach her enough to keep her safe around the horse/horses in general.
Any suggestions? Or stories from your own experience?
One of the first things to remember is that they are a beginner. Think of something you have no idea how to do and that you decided to get lessons. This is how your student is going to feel.
Simple is best. If they want the basics, do the basics. Do they have any experience around horses? Are they a bold or somewhat scared? Do they listen well or are you going to have to watch their every movement to make sure they don't end up on the underside of the horse.
Each person is an individual just like the horse. With a young beginner its best to take it slow. Go at the person's pace but be careful not to let them get ahead of themselves either. I enjoy teaching kids to ride and have learned that you will make mistakes.
As for under saddle. KIDS LOVE GAMES. Around the world. Touch the ears, butt, their toes but no moving their legs :). Lie back on the horse and my favorite, dead man. These teach kids confidence and keep lessons fun. You want your rider to enjoy being with the horse, then you can start fine tuning.
ABOVE ALL: SAFETY FIRST!!!!! Always have control of the horse no matter how well behaved they are when working with a beginner.