Friday, 24th November 2017
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RIDING INSTRUCTOR

Riding instructors teach children and adults of all ages and abilities how to ride horses. Instructors will often be experienced in handling and riding horses at all different levels, from basic riding skills to dressage and showjumping.

Horse riding instructors require both practical and theoretical experience in the handling and riding of horses. Depending on the type of riding school, instructors may be required to have different levels of experience, and everyday tasks may also vary. Whatever their particular skill, they need to be able to teach it confidently to learners.

General tasks of riding instructors are likely to include:

  • Preparing lesson plans of all levels and types
  • Liaising with students and clients
  • Selecting suitable horses for each student
  • Handling the horses during the lessons
  • Giving practical demonstrations
  • Training horses as well as the students
  • Giving workshops on riding theory and how to use equipment
  • Teaching classroom stable management classes
  • Preparing students for specific events, examinations and qualifications
  • Managing more junior staff

Throughout lessons, riding instructors must ensure that all demonstrations, practices and handling of horses is carried out safely, and that any potential risks can be averted and accidents avoided.

Whilst riding schools and equestrian centres may employ riding instructors, instructors can also work freelance and may specialise in a certain riding discipline or type of tuition.

The working day of a riding instructor can be extremely varied; instructors could be teaching the basics of riding and horse care to children or middle-aged adults, or preparing experienced riders to take part in competitions.