05-02-2010, 08:00 PM
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Things to consider:
1) If you are teaching beginners, you are going to be the one person to introduce them to the horse world; you have to make a good impression. Word of mouth is HUGE in this industry, so getting a good rap is extremely important.
2) Liability is HUGE. You must cover your butt for EVERYTHING, no matter who says what. Even if a person says "I would never sue!" you cannot believe them. You must be covered, and for a hefty amount as well.
3) Ammy status. The instant you get one cent paid to you for a service, you are no longer an amateur. That means that if you show, you must show with the pros.
4) Do you have enough background? People are going to ask you what you've done, where you've shown, and who you've been coached under. If I were looking for a coach for my child, I would probably be liable to grill them pretty good haha. Again, word of mouth... if you are sure you can handle the responsibility, then absolutely go for it, but it is a TOUGH business. You must know your stuff backwards and forwards, or you will get "outed" darn quick.
5) Upkeep of your certification - in Canada, at least, you must do X things in a year to keep your coaching certification valid. You must attend X number of clinics per year ($$), you must attend X number of lectures, etc etc.
6) Coaching is fun, but it is also very hard on you. You will get kids that cry at the slightest shake. You will get kids that fall off. It can be tough at times. I miss teaching dearly most of the time, but I also recall being at my wits' end a number of times. You will have to deal with a lot of chiding. You will have to deal with criticism. You will have to deal with parents wondering why little Suzie isn't doing as well as the other kids.
It's a tough business, very rewarding, but very tough.