Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Between two places in Canada!
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I personally wouldn't do anything until I was certified. I have passed the PC level which corresponds to my english instructor certification in Canada, but have never filled out the paperwork to have my actual certification so I help some kids out for free because its something I enjoy.
I would go outside of horse riding camps and into an actual operating lesson barn. If you're going to be teaching beginners its important that you are able to communicate the fundamentals - these kids can develop bad habits that are hard to break if you're not 100% correct in what you're teaching. Personally, I would audit lessons for at least five or six months before branching out on my own, I'd want to make SURE that I knew exactly what I was doing.
Also, insurance is liable to cost you an arm and a leg.
Teaching lessons may look easy, but in reality, it's not. You have about seven things going on at once and you need to be able to be in complete control of the situation and be able to communicate effectively with young riders.
Also, if you have a child get hurt, expect your business to drop especially in a small town, as often parents will say "oh, little Jimmy got hurt at so-and-so's barn, don't take your kid there!" especially at a beginner barn where people have no horse sense.