Originally Posted by WildAtHeart
Thanks for your input =) I would not be on my own property. I am planning to teach at the barn where I will work. There would always be one of the two owners on the property at all times. Also, I would make sure they have insurance first... I'm pretty sure they do. Thanks again!
I think a good start would be to sit down with the barn owner and discuss if they are ok with you hosting a lesson program on their property, and if so what they know about insurance. They most likely have insurance you're right, but it may not cover a young instructor teaching on lesson horses etc. Insurance can be tricky, I wish I knew more! Definitely think you need to talk to the barn owner about a space for you to work in and how the insurance needs to be handled first.
As for your age and needing certification etc- I started teaching lessons at 19 through a riding school and I was completely terrified at first lol. I had a great time but quickly found weaknesses in my knowledge. Thankfully with the support of the other instructors, who were not much older then me, the internet and my willingness to constantly learn I grew as much as some of my students and I loved it. I did look in to being certified and in the US, at least in my area, it was difficult and a bit expensive. If I decided to teach anything more then the basics to beginners and brush ups to intermediate riders I would become certified. However, since instructing isn't my first career choice I chose to focus on college courses.
Do you have lesson horses? Have you studied how a typical lesson is conducted? Ie. Teaching a rider how to warm up, a couple of exercises to work on each lesson and then some time to talk over how those exercises went during a semi guided cool down? Will you only be giving private lessons? Is the arena there safe for beginners who are timid at steering? There is a lot to consider.