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A Riding Instructor for Your Child

Posted by Classic Equine Equipment Blog on Mar 6, 2024 2:00:00 PM

Your child wants to learn to ride a horse. Great! Your first task is to find a riding instructor who is a great fit for your child. This can sometimes be a challenge because not every child and every instructor will necessarily be a perfect match. The following tips can help you get started.

Classic Equine Equipment BlogConsider Your Child’s Confidence and Learning Style

A riding instructor needs to match your child’s learning style and confidence level. If your child is shy and lacking confidence, then you need to look for an instructor who is patient and supportive. Additionally, an instructor needs to understand how a child learns and be willing to work with their specific learning style.

If your child has a learning disability, this can be important to note to the instructor. Depending on the exact disability and its severity, it may affect how your child learns to ride, so the instructor may need to adapt his or her methods. If you suspect that the disability could have a significant effect on your child’s lessons, have a discussion with the instructor and ask him or her how they would approach the instruction/accommodation.

Ask Around for Recommendations

If you know other parents of children who ride, ask them for recommendations of local riding instructors. Local riding camps may also provide recommendations. This can be a great start on the right path to finding a reputable  instructor.

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When you think you’ve found the right instructor, ask if you can come and observe a lesson or two. Watching the instructor teach can give you an idea of their approach and style, and often you’ll be able to quickly tell whether they would be a good match for your child. If you find that the instructor may not be a good match, pin point what qualities bring you to that decision and use that knowledge in your continued search.

Schedule a Trial Lesson

If everything looks good, schedule a time for your child to have a trial lesson with an instructor. Depending on your child’s age, it may be a good idea for you to be present for this lesson so you can observe how your child and instructor get along.

Finding a great riding instructor for your child can take a little time, but it’s worth it – your child may spend many years riding with this instructor and gain a lifetime of knowledge. 

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