The Art of Teaching Horse Curriculum is designed to help both instructors and students learn not only how to train their horses, but also through the use of concrete “homework”, enable them to become independent and effective riders.

Jane Savoie Dressage AcademyWith most standard teaching methods, riders are given directions such as, “More leg.”, “Use your outside rein.” “Bend him more.”, or “More engagement.”

There are two drawbacks this method.

  1. The student doesn’t know HOW to apply the aids.
  2. They don’t know WHY they’re giving the aids. (i.e. If I use this particular action of the rein, it creates this result in the horse’s body.)

If you don’t know why and how you give aids, it will be impossible for you to be effective when you go home and ride on your own. You can mimic what you did in the lesson, but you won’t be able to problem solve or know what needs to be done in a new situation.

To read more about what is covered in the Horse Curriculum, click here.

The Art of Teaching also includes a Rider Curriculum. In order to help your students become more effective, you need to know how to quickly diagnose position issues and give corrections that are easy to do.

You’ll also learn about different learning styles and how to teach in a language that riders can understand. For example, it’s frustrating for a rider who learns by “feel” to be taught in a visual way. Not only does that discourage the student, but it also upsets the horse. None of that frustration is conducive to learning.

You’ll also learn how to customize your lessons for all types of riders. That is, the approach that works for the timid rider is probably not the best approach for a confident rider. And the flavor of a lesson for a 25-year-old event rider probably won’t help the older or injured rider just returning to riding after a long break.

To read more about what is covered in the Rider Curriculum, click here.

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