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post #1 of 8 Old 09-30-2012, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Is This Even Reasonable??

Hello :)

Okay, so I have suddenly thought that I wanted to teach students in their riding lessons. Why this came up, I have no idea. The whole idea actually popped up yesterday.

Yesterday I had a party with some of my buds, who are all into horses. Two of which take lessons, but one goes Western (I'm Hunters) and the other has only had about 5 lessons. I have 3 horses, and they wanted to ride, so I obliged. I usually let them when they do come over - their parents have actually signed paperwork, and my horses are good - so it's never a problem.
We will call the girl who has ridden 5 lessons of English Sam. Sam asked me if I would actually give her a lesson - I've been riding for about 10 years now, and have brought Diamond from the ground up - so I'd call myself a decent enough rider. I also taught some of the little kids in a horse camp I went to last year for about a week, and I thought that was great. The kid actually improved (I was amazed - didn't know I could teach!) a lot, and even my trainer praised me for it. So I told Sam I would give her a lesson on Diamond.

It went great! She did lots of trotting, with plenty of posting. She started with a slouched back and ground dug toes, and we ended the lesson with her "sticking her chest out" and "dropping all her weight in her heel." She also got some two-point practice, where I moved her legs where they needed to be, and sat her back in the center of balance (she was very, very forward before.) I decided to leave out diagonals, and just work on her form while posting, along with ignoring small things that I worried may overwhelm her.

So now I'm inspired to teach some kids how to ride. It was such a blast for me both times I did it, and I'd love to do it more. But I'd have to work out a few kinks.
First off, I'm not able to drive. I am currently in the process of Driver's Ed., but don't have a way to get to a stable by myself, without my parents with me. This also comes with all the other problems of not being 18, a minor. So I'm starting to think that this event wouldn't even be possible. So I'm pretty much asking for experiance here - has anyone in my shoes ever tried this? How did you teach? What are all the background problems that might come up? Am I being reasonable, or is this just a hopeless dream?

Thank you all in advance :) If you read that whole novel, I do applaud you :p Take a cookie!

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-30-2012, 12:27 PM
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I would continue to ride and grow for two more years then start teaching when its feasible to have your own transportation. In the meantime, shadow a riding instructor.
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Start taking lessons yourself! Find an instructor that you really like and want to emulate and see if you could get more advanced instruction. See if she would let you help out with lessons.

My sister is a riding instructor up in Ohio, and if one of her students went to her for... Um... Lesson Lessons, she would more than likely say yes and have that student start shadowing her in the ring, and soon move on to the actual instruction(supervised of course). My sister is a superb teacher.

As a riding instructor, she will often go out and take lessons at other barns to 1) keep HER riding skills up; and 2) see how others teach so she may add to her own program if she likes it.

My advice is to keep up with your own lessons, make contacts, read books, watch other instructors.... In other words do not stop learning. Start working on your game plan and/or business model for when you have a car and a far more independent.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-30-2012, 04:40 PM
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I wouldn't have a clue. I have all the patience in the world for horses, none for people. LOL
Best of lu k, though! Sounds like you have a knack for it!
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Thanks to everyone for their input :)

OutOfTheLoop -
This is sounding like a good idea :) Piggybacking on LadyDreamer, I could just collect more knowledge until then! :)

LadyDreamer -
Thank you for your hearty response!
I am currently taking riding lessons with an instructor that I really love. She has that perfect mix of "Great job, you're doing perfectly!" and "Fix this now or you die" that is just perfect for me :p I've really been noting in the back of my head things she tells me that really helps me, saving it for later :p I would almost be a little shy to ask her to teach me how to teach... Especially with no transportation. I'm thinking that's something to look into when I get my liscence. Until then, I will plan to do just what you said - learn and learn and learn!
Do you mind me asking where in Ohio you're sister lives? If you are not comfortable saying, I understand :) I am just wondering the distance from her, as I am in KY as well, and may want to shadow someone who is 'a superb teacher' in the future. Again, if you don't feel you should share, it's no big deal :)

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Haha - That's hilarious!! I'm really not that bad off with other horsey people. I'm taking everything I can to angle me into the Equine/Livestock Veternarian business, so I need to have people skills ;) Though I could never be a person Doctor - I don't like humans that much! lol!

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She teaches saddleseat in the Dayton area. Keep an eye on sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. They often have deals for riding lessons. That is where my sis goes for her personal lessons a lot. I know they come along often here in KY.

What you COULD ask your instructor is if you could quietly stand in the ring with her while she is teaching. That way, you see what she is seeing from her perspective.
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A big thing with lessons is insurance. If something happens and a child under your care gets injured or hurt you could be liable. It doesn't matter how many waivers a rider or their parents sign, if you are negligent you can still be held responsible. Even with the quietest of horses things can still go wrong, accidents happen all the time even with the best trained horses.

While you may think its fine as soon as you accept money and become an instructor you are placing yourself in a position of authority and responsibility.

To get insurance and to demonstrate you are capable of teaching responsibly many places have certifications that you can do. Often riding clubs will run courses through them, or offer a mentor program. This will vary country to country.

A way I got experience was by teaching at my local pony club, I was covered by their insurance and got to teach a range of people, with a lot of advice available on hand.

This is also why many people teach through riding schools or associations because they have an insurance which covers them.

Anyway, think about it, ask around, see if something comes up.
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My sister is a riding instructor up in Ohio, and if one of her students went to her for... Um... Lesson Lessons, she would more than likely say yes and have that student start shadowing her in the ring, and soon move on to the actual instruction(supervised of course). My sister is a superb teacher.

As a riding instructor, she will often go out and take lessons at other barns to 1) keep HER riding skills up; and 2) see how others teach so she may add to her own program if she likes it.

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That's an interesting approach, I know my coach takes the occasional lesson
but at my barn from the other, more experienced coach)

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