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post #1 of 19 Old 04-30-2015, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Riding Lessons Advice ASAP!

So I am teaching a 25 year old woman to ride. This will be my first time teaching a riding lesson. So I am open to any advice I can get.

A little bit about my student:
My student her names Charoline and she's rode a total of three times but has gotten up to a canter. When she got the canter her horse spooked at a bag the girth was too loose and the saddle went under the horse and she fell. But got back on the horse.

My Lesson Idea (open to any advice for the lesson):Now the fact that she's rode only three times where do you think I should start her out at? Teaching her to groom/tack up. Then put hunter (my mare) on a lunge line.Lunge her at a walk, trot to see what she knows and doesn't know. And correct her on her position, holding the reins, feet. etc.,
I want to hear helpful opinions on my lesson plan and like I said would love to hear advice.
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As a beginner rider only a few lessons in, I can tell you what I valued and what my trainer did. I rode a lot in my youth, but was never really "taught" anything.

1st Lesson - All basics - grooming, tacking up, leading the horse, positioning, balance, breathing, relationship with the horse

2nd lesson - Riding at walk on a lead, breathing, positioning, balance

3rd lesson - Establishing control and boundaries, balance, position, clear communication with the horse. Still on a lead, but walking and posting the trot.

Each lesson begins with me grooming and tacking up my horse. Not sure what your rider knows, but for me, and I've worked with a couple other trainers briefly, I found it more beneficial that my trainer started me at ground zero. Past trainers forgot that a lot of people don't know the very important basic things and I was basically just thrown on a horse and told to go. I ask A LOT of questions as we go on everything horse/riding related, and she should too. Good Luck!
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I am no trainer but that sounds reasonable to me. That's probably how I would do it, but take that with a grain of salt.
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How does this sound. I created a lesson plan I would love to hear opinona on it?

Information about the lesson-
riding level: beginner
lesson title: Basics
What kind of riding arena do you need for the lesson: small arena
Agreed group:25 years old
privet or group lesson?: privet.
How long the lesson lasts:1 hour or a little bit over. (Not much over)
Equipment/set up-
what is needed for this lesson?: Saddle, Saddle blanket, grooming supplies, halter, lead rope, bridle, lunge line. -set up everything you need before the students gets there.
Helpers- no need for helpers.
Warm up- lunge horse <<--(10 minutes) one hand at a time to reach the poll. Do frog legs. Get her to stand in the stirrups in a trotting position. Put hands on hips riding around. Stretch for your feet on both sides.
Prep/review-
areas needed to be covered: grooming, how to saddle, how to lunge, how to re check the cinch. <<--(allow 20 minutes for this) Then walking hunter on a lunge line. And correcting her on her position with holding the reins, leg aids, her seat position, how she's handling the horse etc.,
<<--(allow 30 minute of this)
Lesson objective- learning the basics of grooming, tacking, and riding
Key points- Remember to be patient with student.
Method/application- have her walk Hunter around buckets (five minutes on this)
Cool down- Show how to untack horse and have student groom horse down. Then have student walk horse around arena to cool down the horse while taking to the student about their lesson and the importance of cooling down a horse, also things they need to practice on and answer any questions.
Review/ handouts/ homework- Have her study the body parts of the horse and quiz her next lesson. Also review over what she learned in the lesson.
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I'm going to go out and assume that your students confidence may have been slightly damaged after the spook and fall.

I would take things a bit slowly. Perhaps for the first day, do the usual basics of grooming and tacking up. Have her lead the horse around and practice a little bit of showmanship to help create that bond. Backing up on the lead, ect. Learning how to control the horse on the ground.

When she does mount, I would definitely put your horse on the lunge line and have her start by doing basic, in saddle exercises. That will help with her position and balance.

If she feels confidence enough, you can have the horse walk on the lunge line and have her continue those exercises.

**Sorry, just saw your last post. Looks like a decent lesson plan! =)
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I'd also get a liability form for her to sign. So if she gets injured, something worse.won't happen to you - like being sued. And helmet at all times!
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I'm going to go out and assume that your students confidence may have been slightly damaged after the spook and fall.

I would take things a bit slowly. Perhaps for the first day, do the usual basics of grooming and tacking up. Have her lead the horse around and practice a little bit of showmanship to help create that bond. Backing up on the lead, ect. Learning how to control the horse on the ground.

When she does mount, I would definitely put your horse on the lunge line and have her start by doing basic, in saddle exercises. That will help with her position and balance.

If she feels confidence enough, you can have the horse walk on the lunge line and have her continue those exercises.

**Sorry, just saw your last post. Looks like a decent lesson plan! =)
Good idea thanks
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I'd also get a liability form for her to sign. So if she gets injured, something worse.won't happen to you - like being sued. And helmet at all times!
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I know everyone praises lunge line lessons and I am sure they are super beneficial but I'm not sure they're the best early lessons.

I've known a few beginners who started with lunge lessons and it was too confronting to them. They felt out of control and powerless. Especially bending, putting hands on head etc. It might be "good" for them but I don't think its that enjoyable.

I'd spend the first session making it fun and empowering the rider. Teach them basic control, do some pole bending and patterns, transitions etc, basic ground work. Then maybe after a few sessions start the lunging for part of their session.

Maybe I'm wrong, but that's just my two cents.
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My first lesson started with a brushing and tacking lesson.
Then after that we moved up to walking.
I was taught how to sit properly, leg position, controlling the reins, focusing on keeping them down and learning how to stop the horse properly.
Little reminders like not staring at the ground, using soft eyes, patting the horse when it does something right for me.

Once I was comfortable with this, my instructor had me stand in the stirrups at a halt. Then sit. Then stand.
Then we started walking and did this.
Then when she thought I was comfortable, we moved to a trot and she told me "up, down, up, down" until I could find the rhythm of the horse to post to the trot.

Once I could do that around the small riding ring, she started having me do turns and circles at the trot. Then we started doing a lot of 2-point work at the trot. then lots of directional changes in 2-point.

Then we moved on to no-stirrups work at the walk and then the trot. I had to hold onto the saddle pad for a long time (still have to, actually), but I'm getting more comfortable with it.

Eventually I learned to canter, though it took me a long time to do it and be comfortable. Now we're doing dressage type things along with jumping, and the same things I've done since the beginning.

It's only after I was doing lessons for a year that I did anything on the longe line! So if you have a small arena, you can do the lessons in there without the longe line and it might be better to learn the proper balance that way (on the longe, I find myself always falling towards the center). But longe-line lessons are good for learning to work without stirrups and without hands. That's what I used it for, anyway.
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