Starting out as an instructor?
I've been riding for 11+ years, and being an instructor has been something that I've always been super interested in and have been learning about due to the unfortunate number of bad instructors I've worked with. I've worked at several different barns in a few states, doing odd jobs, exercising, and when I had my own horse, my trainer taught ME how to train the horse, and I learned other aspects of teaching/barn management from her. I've also worked at therapeutic riding centers, volunteered, and assistant taught horse classes for kids who had never been around horses.
So, at the risk of you shaking your head and thinking my word, what is she doing, I put that up there because I do have quite a bit of experience and know what I'm doing! My main point is, I've got my first small teaching job. A local family has a small family farm, a young kid, and a pony, whom they want me to teach. The child is described as "even less than a beginner" and can't tack up or anything, so I'd be starting right at square 1 with her which is good for me.
Does anyone have any advice? Anything you want to share or things you'd wish you'd done when you began teaching? I'm putting together a "lesson plan" of sorts, that is, a guide to how I want to teach, what I want to work on and emphasize, etc, that I'll modify as I get to know pony and child.
Now onto the business side of things--like I said, this is a really small family farm, and I'm barely getting paid because well, lessons are expensive, and it's just good experience for me. I know liability insurance is a huge deal, so I've been researching that, and I'll have to hold off on that for now since I'll only be teaching one student part time. I need some advice from real people though and not just google--as an instructor teaching lessons on other people's horses and at other people's barns, will I need liability insurance/what kind will I need (for future reference)? Anything on the business/insurance side of things that I should be aware of?
Any and all advice appreciated :) Thanks!