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Teaching Standards of Riding Lessons – Following an interesting conversation on Horse & Hound Forum

s3It is believed that for something to change, the awareness of an issue has to happen. It certainly hold true for riding skill – we first need to feel or be aware of a possibility of the feel for something before we are able to tweak it, correct it, improve it. 

If you follow Aspire’s blog and coaching programmes you will know that we do not do short cuts. There will never be any tricks and gadgets substituting what can be learned without abuse. And yes, let’s don’t walk on eggshells and avoid the word. 

I generally focus on positive information and happy vibe on this blog but I am also passionate about grassroots riding education and if it is to change for the better, many many riders, riders-to-be and parents of those need to be aware of what standard is the good standard. 

Have a look at the below conversation currently happening on Horse and Hound Forum and add your thoughts on there or on here.

When watching your child’s lesson and having doubts about your child learning to “ride” not “bully” – do ask questions. If instructor is unable to answer, ask them to find the answer. When having lessons yourself as an novice/intermediate rider, follow your common sense. If you are asked to whip the horse repeatedly or kick and kick until your legs hurt, have your say

Teaching Standards.

Some young instructors never been taught to teach differently – build their awareness with your curiosity….Riding is such an amazing sport and can transform lives beyond imagination. It needs to be done with horse wellness in mind though otherwise it’s nothing but circus – entertainment at a very high price to the animals involved. 

What can a newcomer or an amateur rider do about choosing an instructor for themselves or their child…

I listened to a very interesting podcast on Chris Stafford Radio this morning. It’s very American West Coast jumping scene focused chat in first part so perhaps not so relevant in the UK but once it stops there starts (around 00:14 onwards) a very interesting discussion about choosing an instructor…I’ve put the link for you below, it’s a really interesting insight into someone else’s choices that might motivate some riders or parents to be more open minded and think outside the box when assessing who they want to learn from.


Many valid points made in this interview  and I love how Marnye Langer changes “problems” into “challenges” 🙂

How do you go about choosing who to learn from? Is it the same for your riding and in other areas of your life?

11 Thoughts on Teaching Children to Ride Aspire Equestrian Style

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Today I will share with you 11 thoughts on teaching children to ride.  The thing I enjoy the most about giving lessons to kids is their imagination. Unrestricted, unspoilt, free mind. I feel we can learn a lot from that as adults.

Here are some of my “rules” when teaching 6 to 9 year old pony mad kids:

1) I get the child to help me prepare the pony for first lesson. Especially, when they are afraid of ponies. It lets  me show them how to groom and tack up the pony. From my experience most kids love doing it.

2) I teach them basic pony body language before they get on.

3) I let them just feel the movement of the pony first before letting them touch the reins. I always start on the lunge or lead rein doing various exercises to get the child to feel happy in the saddle and connected with the pony.


4) I always teach sitting trot first. Most children, if not scared or tense, will follow the movement of the pony’s back beautifully.

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