Hello HorseForum!! :)
So, next weekend will be the first time I have trained a beginner rider from scratch, as in never ridden a horse before. I've taught some kids that have been riding for a year or two, some that have been riding for a while, some that don't plan on riding and you just cart them around for a second.
I have the horse, liabilities, all of the fine work done, I just have one simple question. Not to be rude, but I'd rather just get an answer to what I'm asking, not a complete run down of my entire instructing plan behind the scenes. Thank you kindly :) The child I will be teaching is 8 years old, we will be riding English.
I am just wondering where to start with a beginner. I was thinking half the hour long lesson would be spent on the ground - learning how to groom and tack up. Once that is done, maybe throw her up on the horse and sort of put her in the right position and walk her around, letting her get used to the feel of the horse. While we walk, I might tell her not only what she should do, but why - You are setting your weight into your heels so that your center of balance is even, and you can sit down into the horse; you are sitting up straight so that you can actively RIDE, and not remain slouched, etc. (The simple definition of things - she's only eight, we can work into using her core and detailed stuff later, she probably won't care THAT much right off the bat :p) I always loved when my trainers told me WHY I was doing things.
Based on how she does, I'd love to lead her into some balancing exercises, as I am a big believer in the importance of balance. If anyone has any exercises off the top of their head, that would be wonderful :)
So essentially, I'm wondering a couple things -
What do you usually do in the first lesson once the kid is on the horse's back?
Does my plan (not set in stone, of course) sound like a good one?
What are some effective balance exercises you know of?
Thank you all SO much!! It is much appreciated!