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    01-02-2012, 11:34 PM
Question Questons for potential riding instructor?

It has been 10 years since I have owned a horse and about the same time since I have seriously ridden. I took a short ride on a friends horse yesterday that is hardly ever worked and I realized he isn't the only on that needs a tune up! So I am looking for someone to get riding lessons from because a horse is at the top of my list once I graduate nursing school.

The point of this thread is... can you guys give me some questions that would be good to ask when looking for a potential riding instructor? I just emailed a lady that posted an ad on craigslist and this is what I asked what her experience as a riding instrictor is, what style of riding she has experience with, is this something she does for fun or as a business? I don't want someone that just knows how to ride good... I need someone that can TEACH! I have ridden with a lot of extremely experienced riders, but that doesn't mean it's as easy for them to TEACH. Know what I mean?

I am in Tri-Cities, WA so if you live around here and can recommend someone that would be awesome! I want to taking Western lessons and the instructor needs to have horses available for me to ride! Thanks!!
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    01-03-2012, 12:42 AM
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Well, I fully agree with you about the importance of being able to TEACH as opposed to ride well. For that, I think you would need to observe her teaching. Or , if not, have her ride for you and tell you what and why she does what she does. Being able to communicate what she sees and feels and what she is doing , in real time, will tell you whether or not she can verbalize what is essentially a process of "feel".
    01-03-2012, 01:30 AM
That's great advice! Thank You, TinyLiny!
    01-03-2012, 01:59 AM
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No problemo.
    01-03-2012, 05:14 AM
I would suggest going to a local stable and asking first if they have a schooling program and if they know of anyone willing to do lessons. By the sound of it you are looking for someone to travel to you and give private lessons. Ask for references, previous experience and certifications. See if you can't observe a lesson and take a few lessons to see if their teaching style is compatible with the way you learn.

Also be sure that they handle horses with the same value that you do. I had an instructor that put the bit on and pushed horses through it where I use a soft hand and would get angry seeing it.
    01-03-2012, 07:37 AM
Your questions are good.

I'd also ask about any formal training or certifications they might have (there's a hodge podge of certifying bodies in the US but it's still worth asking) their overall horse experience and how much time they've spent teaching adults. I would ask them to describe their teaching style. I would ask if I could observe them teaching a lesson, and I would also ask for references.
    01-03-2012, 08:14 AM
I'd highly recommend not just to ask someone (frankly, I personally never asked directly, I did a search on person as well as looked for recommendations from local folks) but go and watch several lessons with students on different levels to see if you like the approach and progress.

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