Lesson programs lowering standards
Another thread has inspired me to start this one.
I recently attended a coaching seminar and the hot topic was the fact that coaches and instructors have lowered their standards of teaching and riding is turning more "mass production" vs "quality riding"
When I was coming up through my levels I was taught that you start students on a lunge line with no reins. Some mentors even said they start any student they have never taught on a lunge line with no reins. Once the student could successfully do rising trot with no reins(for more advance students no stirrups) and can do downwards transitions with no reins, they can come off the lunge line.
You then proceed to teach how to properly ride a pattern, how to use half halts, half seat and stride control. You then work towards jumping should the student want to go that direction.
In recent years though this method of teaching is becoming more and more rare. And it is at no fault of the instructor. Its because parents want to see results. If their kid isn't out galloping courses of jumps in a month they feel they are wasting their money. So this has lead to tossing the student on a horse, once they can kind of trot and steer they start jumping. I know many instructors don't like doing this, but they need to in order to keep hay in the barn and food on the table. Which is a shame. And honestly I really don't blame them. So please don't think I am bashing coaches/instructors who go this route.
The strong foundations of basic important skills seem to be a rare sight now.
I still use the way I was taught. I will never change because I feel its important and it comes down to a safety issue. I want to produce quality over quantity. The sad fact is though, that this way of teaching is not a way to bring money in. Because parents get annoyed and take their kid to the mass production barn down the road.
I have recently decided I am going to offer and parent who approaches me about not seeing quick results a free lesson. So they can feel what we are trying to teach.
I would like other peoples thoughts and opinions on this topic.