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    10-21-2013, 07:57 PM
Teaching Someone To Ride

A friend of mine approached me and asked if I would mind teaching her to ride this summer.

I took the awkward path and told her I would think about it.

So here's what I'm thinking.

I have the space to give lessons, In the summer I have the time, and I have access to a suitable horse for a beginner to learn on.

The only issue I see is that I have absolutely no idea where to begin in teaching someone to ride.

The whole tacking up and untacking is simple enough to teach, but actually teaching them to ride?

I haven't the faintest idea how to even begin to do that.

Aside from the whole "heels down, don't slouch, keep your hands down," business.

I mean, I learned to ride when I was 4 and I remember the hell my instructor put me through with the whole, "Drop your stirrups now post! No! Wrong lead!"

Anyway...I suggested to my friend that she look for an actual trainer or someone who is paid to give lessons, but she insisted she'd be way more comfortable if I taught her.

So I'd appreciate any advice you guys have on how to teach someone to ride.

It's the communication skills I feel like I'd have an issue with. I mean, I know what good riding looks like but I feel like I'd have a problem communicating what good riding is...ya know?
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    10-23-2013, 09:35 AM
I teach kids myself, and will soon be teaching a friend of mine.
When you begin to teach a person to ride, you will want to touch down on posture immediately. I would suggest doing some research on the proper seat for riding. You will want to talk about hand position, and for a while, all you will be doing is walking and trotting in patterns and over poles to help them gain their balance and get a good grip on the ropes.
If you're not an experienced horse person, and when I say experienced, I mean someone who has been in the horse industry for quite some years riding/training/teaching, then there's only so much that you can teach effectively. Your friend will eventually have to move on to a coach if they are committed to becoming a better rider.
    10-23-2013, 03:20 PM
I would also consider the liability issue. You don't want someone getting hurt and to loose your house/car/etc over it. I know the are a friend and we all love to assume that your friend would never do that but what if an accident happens and the friends family is one the left and they don't have the same understanding as you and the friend did. Before I started to plan out lessons, I would have a contract and some sort of liability insurance/clause. I know that sounds harsh but that's a portion of what lessons go for.
    10-23-2013, 04:42 PM
ETA: I've had my friend sign a waiver and get a membership with the OEF
    10-23-2013, 04:52 PM
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Teaching someone to ride can be very frustrating so unless you have loads of patience I would reconsider doing it.
If you do decide to go ahead then concentrate first on your friend learning the art of good balance without relying on the reins to hang on to - some beginners think that's what they're there for - have her ride on the lunge & use a neck strap to start with but aim at riding with arms outstretched or folded and later with no stirrups so she doesn't think that they are there as pedals like a bike and will learn to sit deep and relaxed into the saddle rather than perched on it

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