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post #1 of 8 Old 03-22-2010, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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Coaching/Teaching - opinions please!

I'm really interested in getting into 'coaching' when I'm older, but I'm not going to use that term right now because it seems too... good for me

I really love kids, and I find that I get along well with children, and I've always loved horses, and now that I've got two bombproof ponies at my disposal, I was thinking about 'teaching' on the side. I'm sixteen and have been riding since I was about eight, but by no means am I a 'professional'. I've competed in some local shows and done pretty well, and think I could do just fine teaching the basics. Walk/trot/canter and 'stable' lessons, because I can't stand going into lesson barns and seeing kids with no idea how to tack, with people who do all the hard work for 'em and then send them off for their lesson!

ANYWAYS, I was thinking about advertising myself for beginner lessons, teaching kids all I have to know, and then finding some suitable trainers to 'pass them off' to.
(I've been studying to take the test to become a coach, but I don't want to do it just yet because then I wont be able to compete at a local/amateur level)

Do you think that'd be a good idea? So long as it was safe and the parents were well aware? What sort of 'waivers' would have to be signed? And how much would you suggest I charge? Rates here are anywheres from $35 to $50 an hour, depending on the coach/barn and if it's a group or a private. Are there any 'warnings', past experiences, or other tid-bits you'd like to pass on?
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-22-2010, 04:05 AM
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I think that's a superb idea! I can't say anything about how much to charge, because I'm European and a single riding lesson in my area is between 12 and 18 €.

It sound to me, as if you would be a wonderful riding instructor, as you have calm horses, you like children, you also have some experiences concerning shows. What I particularly liked is the idea to pass them on to "better" trainers, if you have taught them, what you can teach.
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-22-2010, 06:58 AM
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I think it's a wonderful idea as well. Teaching beginners should be about 1.) safety! 2.) making it fun 3.) elementary position and control. So if you can get children to have good design of postion, know their diagnols and leads, and w/t/c and trot over poles in two point while keeping it fun and safe, you'd be a great asset. I would talk to some local professionals and tell them your plan; ask them what they would like a child to know at the time you hand them off. I should think you could get some referrals this way; some show barns prefer not to give rank beginner lessons or maintain that type of school horse and would probably love to have someone like yourself refer nicely started riders.

Good luck!
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-22-2010, 07:43 AM
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Good luck

Just going to be the devil's advocate here too though. Really make sure you get insurance- and insurance can be very pricey depending on where you are. If a kid comes off and gets injured, you could be liable for thousands of dollars in injury costs. Thus insurance should be the first thing you think about. Kids will ALWAYS have to wear a helmet and your horses must be dead quiet and used to kids. Basically you want to try your absolute hardest to make sure your lessons are as safe as possible. Of course, horses will be horses and accidents happen, but you need to do everything in your power to prevent an accident or you could be up for a hell of a lot of money!
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-22-2010, 08:35 AM
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i agree with kayty, you will need insurence, incase something happens, which with beginners, is very common.
and youll want a license, which in MA, you need to have 6 months of watching lessons and taking notes, and having it signed off by a licensed instructor, and then you need to take a test and if you pass, your licensed. i dont know if its different somewhere else.

you probubly could do little "lessons" with like neighborhood kids as long as their parents sign a wavor and they know your not licensed or insured
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-22-2010, 08:39 AM
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here is my waiver for my horses, as a example

Release and Waiver of Claims

The undersigned who is a spectator and/or participant in equestrian activities at Wright’s Farm, Sudbury, MA, agrees to the following:

The term equestrian activities includes, but is not limited to, riding, leading, working around, feeding, observing, boarding, leasing, and any other interactions with or around horses. This includes any activities taking place on Wright’s Farm property, the surrounding property and any interactions with Wright’s Farm horses on or off the property of Wright’s Farm. The undersigned will familiarize themselves with all Wright’s Farms rules and abide by them. This includes the requirement of an ASTM/SEI approved helmet and appropriate footwear at all times while mounted on horseback.

General Release: The undersigned hereby releases and waives any claims that the undersigned may now or hereafter have against horse owner, the facility, the land owner, any instructors, trainers, staff and fellow participants from and against any and all liabilities, losses, damages, costs or expenses or whatever kind or nature, including attorney’s fees which the undersigned may occur as a result of any injury to the undersigned of personal property of the undersigned as a result of the undersigned’s activities undertaken at Wright’s Farm including, without limitation, personal injury and damages thereof including loss of income, earnings, bodily injury, pain and suffering, emotional or mental stress and any and all medical expenses.

Assumption of Risk: The undersigned acknowledges and understands that the equestrian activities undertaken involve extreme risk of personal injury and injury to personal property including horses which may result from the undersigned’s participation in equestrian activities. The undersigned further acknowledges that these equestrian activities are inherently dangerous and assumes all risks of injury/damage and or death which may result from any reason whatsoever thereby.

Binding Effect: The forgoing provisions shall be fully binding and shall be effective against the undersigned, its heirs, successors, legal representatives, or assigns, and shall apply to the actions of the undersigned personally, the undersigned’s family, guests, employees or agents.

Printed Name:_____________________ Child’s Name (if applicable):_______________
Signed:_________________________________________ Date:____________________
(If participant is under 18 years of age a parent or guardian must sign and understand that the “undersigned” stated above refers to their child and themselves)
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I've got some insurance on myself and on my horses, meanin if somebody else gets hurt by my horses it's convered... It would probably cover this to an extent, but I'll have to look into it! I know around here insurance is actually really cheap... I'm not sure exactly what we're paying right now, but it's MORE than reasonable, and it's through the horse council of our province.
I'll look into the other types of insurance though.

As I said in my first post, I'm NOT going to take the test/get my license. Most of the trainers that I have looked into, although with references and lots of experienced, are NOT licensed. The issue is, as soon as I take that test and get my license I can no longer compete at small shows, and have to take it to a professional level, which I am DEFINITELY not ready to do.
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-22-2010, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Matzki and Maura:
Thank you for the support/your opinions! I honestly had no idea what people on here would say... but I know I'm not the only one around here doing this, and considering I live in the 'horse capital of British Columbia' chances are there are at least one or two little kids that want to learn to ride, and with the economy lots of parents who can't afford to send their kids to big barns, especially without knowing if they're going to stick with it.
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