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post #1 of 4 Old 11-01-2011, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Proper Certifications? Legality?

What are the proper certs for things like:

Being able to give horseback lessons?
Owning a trail riding business?
Your own training business?
A boarding facility?

I have just been too so many "barns" and facilities and wondered. What do you need to run a place like that? Obviously all the correct knowledge and know-how, but how far past that does this all really go? I've seen some pretty amazing facilities and wondered - what did they have to go through to get here?!! And have seen some pretty awful "training and boarding" facilities and wondered ... is this even legal?

One day I would really love to have a nice small boarding facility and train horses. I do believe I have the experience and know-how needed to do so, have managed a small stable (15 horses) and partnered and worked for much larger ones on a lower level. I have an extensive riding history and while my show history is still growing I believe I am a very competent rider/teacher. I have re-trained and re-taught many successful horses and have offered my service to the public and turned around a couple great mounts.

One thing I am not well versed on is the diplomas/certifications/legality involved in it all. I know it is always smart to insure and cover your butt with waivers, but even then there are risks. So my question is:

What certifications (if any) do you need to teach lessons in America? I live in the Carolina's if that helps. What certs do you need for training/boarding and running a trail riding business?

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I'm from Australia, but over here, you don't necessarily NEED a teaching certification to teach and train. However it is favourably looked upon if you DO have certification. Usually your country's equestrian federation run the programs to gain your accreditation.

Insurance is also a huge issue. In Australia, a report recently came out that insurance companies regard horse riding as the most dangerous recreational interest and as a result, very few companies will insure riding schools and trainers. Because horses are too unpredictable and even having students sign a comprehensive waiver, they can still find ways to sue and claim on insurance.
The companies that WILL insure horse riding facilities, do so with great expense, so you'll be looking at a stack of money just on insurance. But it's definitely not worth NOT insuring.

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Originally Posted by nherridge View Post
What are the proper certs for things like:

Being able to give horseback lessons?
Owning a trail riding business?
Your own training business?
A boarding facility?
1.) This isn't a requirement; but it's favored... students like to see that "certification" that proves you know your stuff.


My boss owns a livery -- we train our horses, give lessons, trail rides. Insurance is all we have. However, recommendations (vet/farrier, etc.) for boarding helps because the potential client has something (a "review") to work off of. We have beginner riders (some never even saw a horse in person before they rode) all the way up to retired rodeo riders. It's the horse's temperament and training that makes the difference.

I'm a lesson instructor at the livery, not because of a piece of paper, but because of experience. I've been riding a short time, but I've had a plethora of experience (hundreds of hours in the saddle, research) and started to teach fellow volunteers... now I teach customers and I'm training 4 horses (2 unstarted, the other 2 green). The slip of paper is a current "security" for customers.
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Yeah, I have figured insurance and waivers are definetly a course of action to pursue, no matter what it is I choose to do. I have a lot of great references(for both lessons and training/boarding) from NY, NC and SC but no formal training and certification. I have worked under multiple trainers, some good and some bad and have developed my own style. I do feel I have the knowledge to train, teach and effciently run a stable. I was just wondering about the certs :) Thanks!
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