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    05-27-2010, 12:01 AM
  #1
Trained
Teaching Kids. I need help!

Okay. So I'm not really patient or good with little kids wo don't know any better. But recently I needed a new way to pay off my training at Toni's because she hired tons of paid hands to do chores. She said if I could teach little kids lessons, she would have more time to teach her advanced lessons and she would give me a breeding to her stud and 30 days training + board of my two studs. I will be teaching all through the summer, at least twice a day sometimes up to six lessons.

Dear God. I hate myself for agreeing to this.

Don't get me wrong, I love kids from a distance....but I can't spend hoursa day with them. Every day. For three months. That's trying my patience.

My first lesson was this morning, (I got out of classes. No work or anything. Free days) and I had four little girls. One screamed like a banshee everytime her horse trotted,the other simply refused all of my instructions and replaced them with her own, one was completely oblivious to my presence, and the fourth was actually trying, whcih brought me hope.

These kids are all six years old on old beater ponies.All the horses are capable of working still, but are completely numb to their commands. Toni wants me to teach them to lope. Oh goodness.

So I guess I need advice. I don't know how to deal with children real well, and I don't remember learning to lope real well. I was lopingin kindergarden....But then again I guess these kids are really close to that age too. I'm just teaching them basic leg aids and positioning and suff. The good little girl (Amy) already has her position almost perfect......with a little more practice. She knows where to put her legs even though they aren't long eough to reach all the way down yet. She can move front and rear ends, sidepass, all the stuff. She posts to trotting and stuff.....Next step is loping. I'm confident she can do it, but the others I'm not so sure are ready for it.

Advice please!
     
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    05-27-2010, 12:13 AM
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Green Broke
From what I've seen my BO, trainer and some other trainers do-tell them that if they don't listen, they can get off the horse and wait until they're ready to listen to your instructions and actually try, simple as that. They'll get angry, and they may go home and tell mommy and daddy that you made them got off-just make sure you explain what happened to the parent(s)
Same with the screamer-talk to her about it nicely, and everytime she screamed, then she ought to get some sort of timeout-such as doing something she doesn't like (as long as it's safe).
And if the one is oblivious to you-I would stay right by her and call her out on every single little thing you can-she'll learn to pay attention if she has a mind, especially if she's a child.
I've never taught lessons, or dealt with kids and horses together-I'm going mainly be just general things here, that I've done with my little cousins when I'm trying to teach them something.
Oh, one more thing you could do, especially with the one that's ignoring you completely, walk her around. She won't like having to walk right beside you and have you hold her reins, if she listens, she gets her reins, if not-oh well. *shrugs* I'd imagine these working, if they're anything like the kids I've dealt with. :3
And about the loping-only teach the one that's ready-they'll eventually want to follow and ifthey listen and try, you'll allow them to; otherwise they get left behind and have to continue with all the "basics" that they'll most likely think are "stupid" or boring. :3
Hope I helped some. :#
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    05-27-2010, 12:24 AM
  #3
Trained
That actually helped a bunch. Thanks, I'll have to try that. I really, really like Amy and I Xander her having phenomenal ridng in the future. She's already REALLY good, better than some of the older girls I see Toni teach.
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    05-27-2010, 12:25 AM
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Trained
Sorry for the typos. IPod has an auto correct on it that messed me up. That 'Xander' was suppose to be 'see her'
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    05-27-2010, 12:28 AM
  #5
Green Broke
No problem, of loveto hear how it works out for you. ((:
And haha, she probably looks better than I do after a good 1.5 hour trail ride and run in the hay field on my wide little drafty I been riding. ;-; haha but I don't think I'd trade him for any of the other horses in the barn :3 he doesn't know this though haha
And yeah, it's great when a youngin shows reallygood potential, coz they'll have all the
Time during their growing up to improve even more..which would be great, I'm going to do all Ivan to get my kid started young if I end up having one d:
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    05-27-2010, 12:29 AM
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Green Broke
Six? In my opinion, serious riding lesson shouldn't start until about eight. It just doesn't seem to click when they are that young, and it's hard to built on their skills. But that was a little off topic -- back to normal programming!

Kids are like foals. High strung, full of energy, cocky... They're hard to teach. Like a foal, you have to keep them interested. You canít have a full, intense schooling lesson with little kids, like you could with someone older. You have to teach them very, very slowly and slip in the important stuff beneath a layer of fun. Also, you have to give them their independence. Less repetition. Put them on a safe, easy going pony and take them on a trail ride. Find a field and tell the kid to pick a pattern and trot it. Weave around trees, do circles and squares and triangles -- Anything to keep it from getting boring.

Another thing that Iíve found helpful is to simply ask the kid what they want to do that day. Let them teach themselves, so to speak. Donít let them know anything was your idea. Let them be independent and let the lesson be fun. Theyíre young, so advance stuff isnít really the focus. Work towards little goals. The focus of little kid lesson is to get them comfortable around and on a horse and build a good foundation for later years, when lessons became less about comfortable, safe, controlled chaos and more towards showing or jumping or what ever they choose.
     
    05-27-2010, 12:29 AM
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Green Broke
Mine seems to be doing the same thing XD smushing words together and auto correcting wierd things D:
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    05-27-2010, 01:14 AM
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Trained
I know it, but these kids want to compete and they want to compete NOW. Little Amy ready does Gymkhanas on her own. God I love that girl. But I don't think six Ostpolitik
Young....I was taking lessons at five. Mom taught me on her own before that... Of course I wasn't doing
Much, but no more than these girls.
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    05-27-2010, 01:49 AM
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Trained
I don't think 6 is too young...I was definitely riding on my own (wtc) by that time, and I started lessons around that age too, even though I already knew how to ride.

As has been mentioned, you have to keep this group 'interested' in what is going on; make learning a new concept fun, and even though everything has to be repeated in order to get it across, try to keep your cool, and figure out creative ways to reward them for good efforts.

Maybe set some guidelines for them, especially in the area of taking direction; it is for their safety and benefit that they listen to instruction, especially around horses. Sit down and talk to them with their parents present, and set forth the rules, and stick to them. For example if you have to ask a child to pay attention more than 3 times, then he\she needs to dismount, and sit in a designated 'time out' area...if they really want to ride, they will learn how to pay attention really quickly, because they won't want to have to get off!
     
    05-27-2010, 06:55 AM
  #10
Weanling
One word.. Games.
The main technique that I use with teaching little kids is to teach them in games. That way, they forget about being pains in the backside and the competitiveness of it kicks in. Promise them that if they do what you want they will be able to play a game afterwards, but make sure it is a game that will help them build skills. Safe games of course, that nearly goes without saying.
Now, I teach one girl and she's my age and on the taller side (Its rather imposing!). She insists on doing everything the opposite of what I tell her to do. At 6, it's more forgivable, but at 16/17/18, not so much. My way of getting around her was to first tell her that "Your horse's back isn't strong enough for you to do sit trot all the time" and "If you cause a little kid to fall off, you get to face the parents of that little kid," but that didn't work so she couldn't play any of the games until she started to cooperate. Even at her age, games are the highlight of the lesson. She's also not allowed to ride her favourite horse if she's misbehaved the week before (I got tears for that, "But I wanna ride Bernie!" "Sweetheart, care factor zero, build a bridge and get over it.") and gets to help me to stable duties afterwards.
I had another little banshee once so we played musical markers and blasted the music to drown her out (don't worry about that spooking horses, even my completely nutty Tb was fine with it). Because everyone was listening to the music and not her, she shut up because she wasn't getting the attention anymore. Attention seaking may not be the case with your little screamer... lol.
I agree with all the above suggestions too =] but those are what I've found have worked for my students.
Good luck with the teaching! =]
(Ps. I don't think 6 is too young, I started at 3.)
     

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