I've mentioned here before that my 10-year goal is to be teaching lessons, with an ultimate goal to operate my own boarding and lesson facility. I have many ideas for different programs I would like to construct for the patrons of my barn, from various clinic types, a show team, and practical horsemanship to horse training theory put into practice. Just, in general, a very educational and supportive place.
I, obviously, have a *lot* to learn. I haven't been riding since 2 years of age, am nowhere near qualified to teach a riding lesson, and, in my teen years, was removed from all confidence thanks to an instructor I had. Hence a 10 year goal.
With this being said, I have an idea that I might want to pursue further education beyond horses. But, where to go is the question.
I'm considering a split between psychology - not only good for understanding people, but basic thought processes and training techniques as well. Or, teaching. Obviously, I wouldn't be pursuing a teaching degree for the expected use. But, given that riding lessons are another form of education (and the types of clinics and classes I'd like to hold), I was wondering if that kind of background wouldn't be beneficial? Also considering a business degree.
There is also the fact that horse riding is a physical sport, and, in theory, instructors could be considered "personal trainers." So was thinking about building up a knowledge base of how to teach physical education, getting CPR training, and various related skills. The muscles you need to ride with can be built out of the saddle, and after sustaining an injury from riding that could have been prevented with proper warm up, I believe this is very important to acknowledge!
In terms of the horsey education, I am looking into lessons in my area and intend to find someone who also trains horses to study under.
My question to you all is, when looking for instructors, do you also look for formal education? Or would you rather hope for a good teacher and prefer the longer period of time spent in saddle?
Last edited by CountingCrew; 07-10-2020 at 01:01 AM.