Rider

RIDER CURRICULUM

Code of Conduct for Students and Teachers

  • Lesson protocol
  • Develop a variety of ways to teach the same concept
  • Communication skills
  • Respect for horse and rider
  • Empathy
  • Clarity
  • Kindness

Position Work

  • Analyze and diagnose position issues
  • Is your student giving conflicting aids?

Teach Your Students to Be Independent, Effective Riders

  • Give “tests” that riders can do at home to evaluate if they’re doing quality work
  • Give “reasons why” to help students remember what to do at home
  • Test grasp of a concept by asking students to teach you

How To Structure A Lesson

  • How to prioritize what to work on
  • Chunking
  • Warm-ups (Relaxation for both horse and rider, check position, check “gas” and brakes”, check suppleness, check connection)
  • Recognize shades of gray
  • End every ride on a good note
  • Give homework

Different Learning Styles

  • Is your student primarily a visual, kinesthetic, or auditory “learner?
  • Adapt your approach to suit the learning style of your student
  • Use visualization and language to enhance learning
  • The importance of repetition

Teaching “Feel”

  • Make the leap from left-brained mechanics to right-brained “feel”
  • Use “benign antagonism” to develop rider “feel”

Keep It Fun

  • Helps with retention
  • Increases confidence
  • Help your student maintain perspective
  • Help your student feel “safe”

Modifying Your Lesson Plan For:

  • Older riders
  • Horses coming back from an injury
  • Different personality types-The Passive Rider, The Aggressive Rider, The Fearful Rider, The Insecure Rider

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~Anonymous~

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