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EventersBabe 04-30-2010 07:36 PM

Teaching beginner lessons.
 
Okay so heres my plan were moving in the fall or later on in the year after our house sells.
Were building a barn i am gonna get some horses plus my horse is complete beginner rider :)
And so yea I was gonna teach beginner lessons.
I am working on getting my cerfitication. But this place is a little exspensive.

My coach told me that Pony club is a way?

What are some other ways? I have been riding since I was 7 I have ridden young green broke horses.
I read so much and study and research stuff.

Anywere beside Pony club.?

Thanks guy!

Oh no need for any rude comments etc.

I am gonna get everything prepared there gonna sign release forms I am gonna make sure I have insurance. My parents will be there to help me. My dad whos pretty much one of my trainer is also gona help me.


I am very responsible for teaching lessons. I have taught a few times I have helped at horse-riding camps. Will continue to help out to get a ton more exsperience.

kmacdougall 04-30-2010 08:04 PM

I personally wouldn't do anything until I was certified. I have passed the PC level which corresponds to my english instructor certification in Canada, but have never filled out the paperwork to have my actual certification so I help some kids out for free because its something I enjoy.
I would go outside of horse riding camps and into an actual operating lesson barn. If you're going to be teaching beginners its important that you are able to communicate the fundamentals - these kids can develop bad habits that are hard to break if you're not 100% correct in what you're teaching. Personally, I would audit lessons for at least five or six months before branching out on my own, I'd want to make SURE that I knew exactly what I was doing.
Also, insurance is liable to cost you an arm and a leg.
Teaching lessons may look easy, but in reality, it's not. You have about seven things going on at once and you need to be able to be in complete control of the situation and be able to communicate effectively with young riders.
Also, if you have a child get hurt, expect your business to drop especially in a small town, as often parents will say "oh, little Jimmy got hurt at so-and-so's barn, don't take your kid there!" especially at a beginner barn where people have no horse sense.

EventersBabe 04-30-2010 11:28 PM

Thats what I do I am actual lesson barns. My old coach would have me help her at beginner camps.
I know all the basics of riding. Im very good with kids.

and I do not plan on starting lessons until Im certified I was just asking of what ways can I get certified.

I am paying for me to take these courses aand I have to actually do stuff thats with horses etc.

MissH 05-02-2010 10:58 AM

I'm not sure if it's the same in the states, but have you considered what being a certified riding instructor means for competing in the future? There's a new system out in Canada, where finally you can get certified to teach at the lower levels and not have to compete in Open Class - prior to that however, if you were a certified instructor, as soon as you had your certification it was mandatory to compete Open.

Not sure if you care, or even compete. Have you trained with a certified instructor? And had them mentor you to see if you're at a level where it makes sense to coach?

koomy56 05-02-2010 11:08 AM

I live in a small town and being a "ceritified" instructor isn't necessary. I have about 6 students from an even smaller, farming/hippy town (lol) and not one of them has asked if I'm certified. If the kids stay safe, learn everything there is to know about horses and managing them, but most importantly have fun the parents are more than satisfied. Of course, I have to get insurance which is like 700$/year. I suppose it's different for others towns, obviously, but maybe you aren't required to have one? Some places that's all they care about. Who's certified in what and what accomplishments they've made. I guess I have it easy..if I were moving I think it'd be smart on my part to get some sort of certification but I'm good to go for awhile. :)

EventersBabe 05-02-2010 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by MissH (Post 621890)
I'm not sure if it's the same in the states, but have you considered what being a certified riding instructor means for competing in the future? There's a new system out in Canada, where finally you can get certified to teach at the lower levels and not have to compete in Open Class - prior to that however, if you were a certified instructor, as soon as you had your certification it was mandatory to compete Open.

Not sure if you care, or even compete. Have you trained with a certified instructor? And had them mentor you to see if you're at a level where it makes sense to coach?

I have been training with certified instructors ever since I was 12:D I may teach at lower levels until I am more older and capable to teach higher levels.
You aren't required to have a certification but I choose to have one for safety reasons.

EventersBabe 05-02-2010 12:14 PM

I am very patient with children.
And its been my dream to become a riding instructor thats why I am going to school to get an education degree but I am also with my instructor and she said, eventually she said, I could teach lessons. I know all the basics. I compete but I don't do anything higher then 2'3 at the moment. So as soon as my instructor allows me I will do higher then 2'3 I have jumped 2'6. I haven't jumped higher.
kinda nervous to.

MissH 05-02-2010 01:54 PM

You completely missed my point.

Do you compete/show? In Canada, up until that new certification process was put into place, if you taught with a certification, you had to SHOW at the OPEN level. Which in part makes sense - frankly, if you're able to be competitive at that level, then you have what you need to teach.

All I was saying, is that if you compete, get certified, and then are disqualified from schooling shows because you need to compete on the Open circuit...that is something to consider.

EventersBabe 05-02-2010 03:28 PM

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Originally Posted by MissH (Post 621990)
You completely missed my point.

Do you compete/show? In Canada, up until that new certification process was put into place, if you taught with a certification, you had to SHOW at the OPEN level. Which in part makes sense - frankly, if you're able to be competitive at that level, then you have what you need to teach.

All I was saying, is that if you compete, get certified, and then are disqualified from schooling shows because you need to compete on the Open circuit...that is something to consider.

No actually I didn't miss your point at all.
I compete/show I just said, I did. I am very very competitive as well. I don't get anything above a 4th place in shows either. I have never been disqualified either.

And I have taught many times before. I taught my friend how to ride.

Also this wasnt really the point of my post.

MissH 05-02-2010 03:31 PM

Ok. Are you an FEI rider? I don't think you are. So what I'm saying is, MAKE SURE that getting your certification (instructor cert) doesn't disqualify you from schooling shows all together because you're considered a coach and expected to perform at an open class level.

It would be sad if you couldn't compete at the level you wanted to just because you got your cert.

Make sense?


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