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post #1 of 11 Old 07-24-2013, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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What are the requirements to give lessons?

I was interested in posting an ad to give lessons to riders who need a refresher or would like to start riding.I have been riding for many, many years. I do not consider myself a professional by any means...but I would like to share my knowledge with others. I would be working with 2 bombproof wonderfully trained horses, and I would be teaching horse safety, as well as groundwork, and in saddle riding (proper way to ride, cues, grooming, tacking, etc.)

I would even offer these lessons for free, but I am wondering if I need to take any tests to become certified, is there any type of contract that I could write up about in case of an injury..etc and get it notarized.. what kind of insurance would I need...etc


Thanks so much!
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-24-2013, 07:25 PM
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Here is a link to ARIA. American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA)

It can give you all the information you need. The test is around $600 for certification. I am a riding instructor and have been teaching for just about two years. I haven't taken the test yet because I have to have 2 yrs teaching experience under my girth so to speak before I can be certified as an instructor, otherwise it would be a Instructor in training, so I will be taking the test next year when it comes to my area.

I teach at the place where I board and the owner has release forms and insurance to cover everything. I will be getting my own insurance eventually when I get my own private students. Good luck to you
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I am not sure if you have to be certified. I think it would all depend on the type of riding you plan to teach. I would love to find someone like you in my area. I am just a down to earth kind of person, I don't feel comfortable around people who are snobs, or put on airs, like some pro trainers might be. There is a lady I know that gives lessons, down where I grew up. She just ran ads, put signs out on the road, at feed stores, etc., before long, she had a booming business. She was sweet, funny, very down to earth. i attended a small local show where a lot of her students were riding, they all did great, and everyone had a blast. I read about these professionals who yell at their students, belittle them and their horses, no way could I deal with that. Not saying that all pro's are like that, though. Good luck!
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If you're in the US you do not need to be certified, but you should strongly consider getting liability insurance (the facility that you will be working out of might cover you, but if not you should definitely get your own)
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-24-2013, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys.

CGL, I know exactly what you mean. All I want to do is have some fun doing what I love.. While helping others. Id love to even work for free... Maybe some young girls who are into horses and want to learn a few things.. I know how expensive leasons in my area can get... So i know its hard for some people to afford it.

Any trainers i have had were the snobby, better then everyone, rude trainers-though they did teach me a lot of great things.
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I was interested in posting an ad to give lessons to riders who need a refresher or would like to start riding.I have been riding for many, many years. I do not consider myself a professional by any means...but I would like to share my knowledge with others. I would be working with 2 bombproof wonderfully trained horses, and I would be teaching horse safety, as well as groundwork, and in saddle riding (proper way to ride, cues, grooming, tacking, etc.)

I would even offer these lessons for free, but I am wondering if I need to take any tests to become certified, is there any type of contract that I could write up about in case of an injury..etc and get it notarized.. what kind of insurance would I need...etc


Thanks so much!
There are no requirements. You can teach anyone who is willing to have you as an instructor. What you need to be careful with tho is insurance. What happens if one of your students gets hurt while you are teaching? how are you going to cover yourself for that? thats going to be your main issue, not so much what you need to teach.
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I know this sounds extremely silly, but where I am.. We have those "Any equine activites blahblahblah at own risk" signs. That wouldnt cover my butt until I got insurance, would it?
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Probably not, but I would get the sign, anyway.
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I know this sounds extremely silly, but where I am.. We have those "Any equine activites blahblahblah at own risk" signs. That wouldnt cover my butt until I got insurance, would it?
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No, that would not cover you. It is just a warning sign. Insurance is not that expensive. Several companies out there, you just need to look around.

At my barn, I teach students brought in by the owner and she deducts the lesson from my board. Having two horses, it really helps. I have four students right now. Works out great.
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I know this sounds extremely silly, but where I am.. We have those "Any equine activites blahblahblah at own risk" signs. That wouldnt cover my butt until I got insurance, would it?
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Keep in mind that insurance provides you with a lawyer if someone decides to sue you., and they're not cheap.
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