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?