On my continued search for riding opportunities around Fayetteville, I went back on Craigslist and found someone who was giving lessons for $15 per session. The lessons would be on their property and on their horses, "a 14.2 hh jumper pony and a 4th level dressage horse", according to his post. I emailed asking for more information (certification, has he taught in the past, has he taught adult riders, etc.) I got a response back...*sigh*
It turns out he is 15 and is not a certified instructor. In his reply he says, "No I am not certidied. Im only 15 but that does not mean I do not know my stuff. Im am in horsebowl, Horse judgeing , and on CVF rideing team. Im showing is C rated shows now and open. Yes I have taught before, I currently have 4 lesson students. I have taught 1 adult rider before. Yes the horses are do fine with other riders." I have no doubt he knows what he is doing, but just the fact that he is uncertified and so young makes me hesitate. Well, more than just hesitate...more like brings me to an abrupt halt. I think my face dropped when I read his reply.
So the question with the seemingly obvious answer is: Should I or shouldn't I?