Ideas for teaching a group beginners riding lesson?

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Trainers

Ideas for teaching a group beginners riding lesson?

This is a discussion on Ideas for teaching a group beginners riding lesson? within the Horse Trainers forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Beginning riding lesson ideas
  • Teaching beginners to ride horses

Like Tree3Likes
  • 1 Post By Palomine
  • 1 Post By Kati
  • 1 Post By usandpets

LinkBack Thread Tools
    03-17-2013, 09:02 AM
Lightbulb Ideas for teaching a group beginners riding lesson?


So this Saturday I'm going to be instructing my first group beginners lesson, with aprox. 6 kids, ages 5-9 ish.(I'm training to be an instructor) I have no idea what to do with them, and MY instructor will be watching me which makes it worse! Usually in that lesson, they do stuff like putting whips in cones, practasing turning etc. and have 1 or 2 trots near the end! PLEASE HELP ME I AM SO SO SO NERVOUS!!! I want to do something slightly different, but not too wierd, and something they will really enjoy and learn from!

Sponsored Links
    03-17-2013, 09:30 AM
Green Broke
Weaving in and out of cones, doing circles off of rail and returning to rail.
Gallopingiggles likes this.
    03-17-2013, 10:47 AM
I'm not sure if this is too advanced for this level of beginner (or even all that great of an idea haha), but my instructor always would hook a ring on our toe (not too far forward but not to far back) and we'd do a half circle around the arena (staying on the wall and stopping on the opposite long side) and try and drop the ring on a cone (stop the horse, remove the ring, and drop it down). We usually did this at a trot but I'm sure it would work at a walk as well though it would be easier? The point was balance and keeping the heel down. If you weren't doing it right, the ring would drop.
This was always done towards the end of the lesson as a game after we'd proved we could walk and control the horses and stop. If there was a little kid who wanted to try but was just starting, he'd lead them around once.
Gallopingiggles likes this.
    03-17-2013, 11:07 AM
Green Broke
My suggestion would be to keep things fun and not too serious. Start with an instruction time: learning basic controls like stopping, turning and going. Finish with fun time: play a game. That could be anything from free riding, serpentines through poles, carrying plastic eggs on a spoon race, to even just playing tag. Playing tag is a simple game everyone knows but it can be frustrating if they can't get the horse to do what they want. That is where the instruction is your key.

Just keep it fun for them.
Posted via Mobile Device
Gallopingiggles likes this.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
beginners riding lesson plans? harleyboiirun Horse Training 0 01-04-2013 11:00 PM
Ideas to start a riding group for the "younger" people travlingypsy Horse Riding 20 05-08-2012 09:55 AM
Winter Riding Lesson Ideas jgad Horse Training 3 10-23-2011 09:51 PM
Riding lesson ideas for 7 year old? QHriderKE Horse Riding 9 09-01-2011 06:29 PM
Teaching the basics to adult beginners MN Tigerstripes Horse Riding 16 10-21-2010 09:08 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:48 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0