Originally Posted by Missy May
In civil court in the US you can can file a complaint (sue) any one for any reason. This does not mean it won't be dismissed years later after the defendant has been harassed to death, it just means there is nothing protecting society from this type of harrassment - and the lawyers make sure it stays that way. So, nothing trully protects you - however, most states have equine laws which recongnize there is an inherent danger w horses.
I do not mean this in a bad way, however, if you do not even know where to begin with lessons, you should have declined. You need training as much as the student, not good. I never took formal lessons, but I paid for them for my daughter b/c she wanted to do english and I only ever did western. I thought it was interesting how they "formalized" it. It looked so fun, I took a few myself! They were pro's, they knew their hunter jumper "stuff" AND they knew how to train. A parent should have enough sense to hire a pro trainer. There is no law preventing anyone that wants to from taking money for lessons....but I imagine it wouldn't be in your favor if anything happened and you were taken to court.
I do know where I want to begin with it, I know enough and can teach enough to give her a good solid foundation, I just wanted to see if I could gather any other activities, etc. from others on how to teach her certain things and how they organize it to keep up with student progress. Apparently I didn't word it in the best way. I've been an assistant trainer to the trainer at the barn I'm at right now in the past, but there are certain ways she teaches that I think could be done easier.. if that makes sense.
I may not have certification, but neither does the trainer and BO at my barn, and she's entirely professional.