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post #11 of 14 Old 01-22-2014, 03:30 PM
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I agree with others so far as the insurance standpoint, make sure that you're well protected personally and that if someone gets hurt under your tutelage you don't end up being sued into oblivion. Sad truth, but true.

I would also ask another experienced and tenured instructor to observe your first few lessons and make sure that you were suitable and effective as an instructor, and give feedback. I have had both good and bad experiences with very young instructors. One was excellent, really knew her stuff, came across professionally and effectively to her students, and was a pleasure to work with, and another had zero tact whatsoever, resorted to yelling and belittling at the first mistake the student would make, and just generally should never have been a teacher to begin with.

I'm not saying or suggesting in anyway that you are the latter, but just saying that's someone who has got the been there done that T-shirt would probably be able to give you some good insight on effective teaching methods, etc.

Good luck! Although I'm personally in no way shape or form an instructor myself, I've also thought about how much I would love to be able to give beginner instruction as I do enjoy teaching. I did an absolute basics groundwork "lesson" (if you want to call it that) with my sister (who was entirely new to horses) last fall and loved every minute of it.
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I'm in my upper 50s, have made a living horseback and paid a 14 year old to critique and correct a few areas that I was working on a few years ago.

This kid is good and did things the way I wanted to. His folks didn't want me to pay, but he gets paid by other, newer riders, and I insisted.

One cool thing was, he cut me no slack. He expected me to do exactly as suggested for as long as suggested. Coaches in their thirties and forties have sometimes seemed hesitant to tell me what to do. Except for one polo coach. She's an absolute bear!
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Originally Posted by KarlaD View Post
I think it is nice to be able to say you are certified but it doesn't always mean much more than you paid a fee and completed some program...it doesn't necessarily make you a good instructor.
This is a great point. I feel much of my success as an instructor came as much from my ability to inspire kids to stick with it through rough patches and to make riding fun rather then having a piece of paper that says I passed a test. None of the other instructors at our school were certified yet our students/parents always complimented us on our teaching style and the fact that they appreciated our friendly approach.

Obviously you need to truly know your stuff in order to teach it, you can be a great people person and have a bad/unsafe program if you don't teach riders what they need to know, but I don't think a cert will give you the balance between teaching ability and knowledge that every riding instructor needs.

I personally didn't ask my newest instructor if she was certified. Instead I found photos of her students and horses online (yikes I sound like a stalker! Swear they have a Facebook full of photos and videos!) and judged for myself. Show photos of strong looking riders who finished in the ribbons meant more to me then a certification.
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-23-2014, 08:41 AM
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I taught lessons when I was a teenager. But things are different now. Everyone is so sue happy now a days. I refuse to teach beginners anymore because you get the over protective parents who freak out if the horse sneezes or better yet stomps its foot because of a fly or something random, or the classic shakes its head (sorry for the run on sentence).

If you teach beginners make sure the barn you teach at has the proper insurance that covers you. Also, if under 18, talk to your parents about it and see what they think. Responsibility would fall on them if something were to happen.

This is what happens when you have democrats in office
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