Do you want to become a horse riding coach/instructor?

Certificate III and Certificate IV in Sport Coaching Equestrian and Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation?

You might think how can you learn this from a book or an online course?

Of course, there are practical assessments as well. But you know, learning skills just by doing it only teaches you just a small section of the skills. Sometimes this skill is in the middle of a larger more complex skill and it is the underpinning knowledge you need to know to become a great teacher.

In our centre we taught some 250 clients a week, so we must have done something right. We are not boasting, well maybe a little bit, but our lessons were very structured. We also had a solid safety protocol and some 16 school horses that helped us teach people to ride.

Of course, you don’t have to have a large operation to be successful and give great and informative lessons and your students staying a long time.

It is important to have and understand the underpinning knowledge to teach riders. That way your lessons can be progressive and never boring. When you teach riders new skills it is also important that you are able to take these skills apart into small sections and then add the parts together to make a complete skill. We are experts at that, the technique is called chaining.

Let’s take an example: Teaching rising trot, one of the first skills you generally teach (for beginners sitting trot is too tiring and painful). Did you know that rising trot is not just going up and down, riders actually pivot (hinge) around their knees?

Step 1

First, you teach riders while standing still to stand in the stirrups with using their hands on a monkey strap or the front of the saddle. You can help them by holding their legs in the correct position under them.

Step 2:

Teach the rider to stand up without holding on.

Step 3:

Still rising up now let go of the rider’s lower leg so the rider learn to keep the legs in the correct position. And so on….

This is all in the Free lesson, give it a try.

Structured course delivery to allow “Natural” and “Logical” progression.

Our course allows you progress naturally with small steps, the same way as we trained our trainees in our riding centre. That way you never lose confidence as new skills are always build onto previously learned skills.

  • Stable and horse management. Of course, without healthy good looking horses you don’t have a horse business.
  • Safety and risk management. When working with a large flight animal you need to have very good safety protocols in place, especially as you generally work with inexperienced clients. Risk management helps you prevent accidents from happening.
  • Coaching principles and teaching riders on the ground. Here you learn the different ways of teaching. How you approach different type of people, children, adults, older people or people with a disability. Teaching riders on the ground is a great way to start teaching. The riders are on the ground, not mounted, and that way you can teach them how to be safe around horses when grooming, picking up legs and so on. You’ll learn how to explain things in a way beginners understand.
  • Teach basic riding skills and apply business skills. Basic skills such as mounting safely, holding rein, start and stop and lungeing the rider are included in this Building Block. Of course, you need to know how to promote yourself, how to keep the costs down so you can make a profit or it is no fun.
  • Teach intermediate skills of riding on the flat or over fences. In this part of the Certificate IV course, you add teaching skills to make you a more all-round coach and keep your clients longer. This part of the course has lesson plans for all flat riding and jumping tasks

You are eligible for insurance once you have completed all theory of Certificate III, IV or Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation. The insurance allows you to teach anybody, conduct clinics, teach riders with a disability or most other horse activities.

Are these courses for you? If you are already teaching or wish to teach beginner children and adults in your area and now want to be qualified and have reasonably priced insurance without compulsory membership this course is for you.

Follow your dream. For students with experience, most of the horse management practical tasks can be evidenced. If you already have qualifications in horse management we will recognise this and you don’t have to do this again.