Originally Posted by bsms
"You have a hard time looking past your own arrogance to ever believe anyone other then yourself could be right on anything when it comes to lessons and PROPER riding and training."
Pot, Kettle. Except I haven't made it personal.
I wouldn't throw a new driver in the middle of a city, nor expect a new rider to jump a 4' fence. But I would let a new driver drive in low pressure situations, and in fact HAVE to do that when teaching my kids to drive. Their first drive wasn't an LA freeway, but I didn't require them to study auto mechanics and sit for hours in the drivers seat before starting an engine.
There is more than one way to ride, and more than one way to learn. As an instructor, you are of course welcome to use any standard you wish.
I have not made it personal. I have however made it a point to educate as many as I can on the importance of proper riding. By proper riding I mean not riding with your legs pitched out in front of you, making sure you know just the right amount of pressure on a horses mouth, helping a horse carry itself the way it should while under saddle to help prevent soreness.
Also when learning to drive, you need to learn the rules of the road and safe driving, as well as defensive driving. You can't learn those things without proper instruction.
my students. I teach them safety, I teach them health and first aid, I teach them proper tack fit and proper tack adjustments. I teach them these things because it is how you stay safe. Not understanding proper tack fit can lead to a sore animal which can lead to a dangerous situation.
My students learn that knowing how to balance themselves and have proper position helps their horse move correctly. Which leads to happy and safe animals and students.
If as a rider you can not know or understand these things then you can get yourself into a dangerous situation.
Example: Student is turning her horse back out in the paddock, she swung the gate open and walked through with the horse. Gate swung shut hitting horse in the flank, causing a huge gash, which lead to a panicked horse, which lead to a panicked humane. Panicked horse stirs up the herd and horses get loose. What happens? Horse tramples humane, humane breaks ribs and fractures skull, horse was a mess needing stitches. Loose horses thankfully only went to the barn, however they managed to spook the horses in the arena which caused a kid to fall off and break her arm.
The above is a true story. Which could have all been avoided. How did it all come to be?
Student was not taught the basics such as how to lead a horse into the paddock, how to turn horse to the gate and close gate before taking halter off. Also wasn't taught to check something as simple as a gate when turning a horse out to make sure there was nothing that could cause injury. Student was not taught how to handle a horse that gets spooked.
Something so simple. All this comes from instructors and coaches not teaching proper basics.
As for kid in the arena that broke her arm? That also could have been avoided had the instructor taught the kid how to handle her horse when the horse spooks.
My students lean how to lead their horses, how to brush and tack up, taught how to untack, taught how to turn a horse out safely and taught to check the gate and fence area to make sure there is nothing for them to get hurt on(yes I know I am a bit extreme in having students check gates and fences but I believe it is important).
I also teach my students to try and keep their head on should their horse spook. Accidents do happen and even the best of riders can lose their head when freak accidents happen. But learning how to control a simple spook is important as even the most quiet of horses can lose their head once and awhile.