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post #1 of 15 Old 09-17-2019, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Question Info On Riding Instructor Advice Wanted!!

Hello everyone! I am wanting to teach riding lessons. I am 17yrs old and have been riding for 7+ years consistently as well as competing for 1-2 years. (We owned horses and I rode when I was little but we had to sell and move to town for a short time). My mom and I work and train horses and we have our own property ready to start teaching. My mother would be around for supervision, etc.

Would people shy away due to my age? I'm wanting to earn a little extra money to help care for my horse when I head off to college.

I am homeschooled so teaching wouldn't get in the way of my personal studies.

All advice appreciated. Thank you!!


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post #2 of 15 Old 09-17-2019, 05:54 PM
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Unfortunately yes, because of your age. You could have a wealth of knowledge to teach people but age discrimination is real. It goes the other way too when you're older. I have got turned down for jobs because I'm in my late fifties and they think I'm going to get sick or won't work that hard or something to that nature but it's age discrimination. I pretty much know for a fact that I got turned down for a high paying physical job because they thought I was too old and the person they hired was quite a bit younger and quit after 2 months, where as I could work circles around that person and I'd still be there. Hang in there, it will happen eventually. If you have kid and beginner-friendly horses that somebody can take lessons on, make sure everybody knows that because not everybody has horses that these newbies can learn on.

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post #3 of 15 Old 09-17-2019, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! We have 2 beginner safe horses and 2 for and advanced beginner level as a step up (more advanced due to speed and cues). Do you think its worth giving a shot at advertising lessons to see if there is any interest? :) Sorry to hear that they turned you down due to that. I'd think the opposite as you would have way more experience. My Grandfather is 70 and can work circles around all of his younger employees lol! It's something I really admire!
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-17-2019, 06:10 PM
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Yes you advertise! On local Facebook horse groups, feed stores, tack stores, riding clubs, etc. Where I live I make sure everybody that takes lessons with me at my house, has a provincial equestrian membership which includes insurance, and they have to sign a waiver and my house insurance knows that I give riding lessons. I did make an exception for two people on the Horse Council membership but they had to sign the waiver. When you advertise, make sure that you say that you have kid friendly, beginner-friendly horses. I have five students and all are rank beginners, they don't come regularly, some only come once a month, some twice some every week depending on the weather.

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Yes you advertise! On local Facebook horse groups, feed stores, tack stores, riding clubs, etc. Where I live I make sure everybody that takes lessons with me at my house, has a provincial equestrian membership which includes insurance, and they have to sign a waiver and my house insurance knows that I give riding lessons. I did make an exception for two people on the Horse Council membership but they had to sign the waiver. When you advertise, make sure that you say that you have kid friendly, beginner-friendly horses. I have five students and all are rank beginners, they don't come regularly, some only come once a month, some twice some every week depending on the weather.




Thank you so much! I think I'm going to give it a go! Just need to get waivers (wouldn't dream of do this without them..). You've been a big help! <3
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Good luck and let me know if you pick up any students, okay?

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post #8 of 15 Old 09-17-2019, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Will do! Thank you!!

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I think your youth will have SOME people not wanting to use you, but will be even an asset for others. Some teens, or 'tweens will LOVE having a teacher they can really relate to.


First and truly FOREMOST: GET INSURANCE!!!!! nuff said.


Second, remember that being a good rider or horse person is only half of the equation. Being a good TEACHER is almost more important. That means being a good communicator. Being able to teach something that must actually be learned purely by personal, physcical experience is tough. You cannot step into that person's body and feel what they feel. You cannot 'give' them the feeling you have in your own body. You have to learn how to describe in words, a thing that is really a 'feeling'. That can be challenging.



I would suggest that you watch as many other people instructing riding as you can, both in person, and on the internet. Observe how the explain things, any tricks or games they use successfully. Learn how to give knowlege out in digestable amounts (not the 'trying to drink a sip from a fire hose'), how to order things in logical steps, etc. And, how to see things from their point of view.



Teaching well has a lot to do with being able to see where the other person is NOT seeing. To see their blindspots, and become able to rephrase things so that they CAN understand. Communication, communication, communication.
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-17-2019, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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I'll definitely be getting insurance.

Thank you! I have watched multiple instructors and trainers (my personal coach, as well as multiple others that teach at a therapeutic riding (Vetrans program) center that I volunteer for. I've learned so much and there is still so much I can't wait to learn.

Thank you thank you so much!!
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