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If you’re an instructor, student or significant other of a horse lover I encourage you to explore The Riding Instructor. Click on Blog to read latest posts, leave your comment or ask questions.  Sign up for the R.I.News to receive  the news letter right in your inbox. R.I. News is free and when you sign up you’ll receive The Riding Instructor’s Lesson Planner – also free to subscribers. And if you like what you see please give The Riding Instructor a like on FaceBook!

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Riding Instructors are a top priority for me.

But no one pays me to write The Riding Instructor.

Helping Riding Instructors I don’t get free equipment to test or free books to review or even a free cup of coffee while I’m working on posts. (I love coffee.) I’m enthusiastic about helping instructors because teaching riding has been my passion since I was a teenager. I’m 68 years old in 2017, so you can say I’ve loved teaching riding for a pretty long time. I especially love teaching riding instructors.

RIDING INSTRUCTORS ARE THE GATEKEEPERS TO GOOD HORSEMANSHIP. GOOD RIDING INSTRUCTORS MEAN BETTER RIDERS AND ALSO BETTER CARE AND TRAINING FOR HORSES. AND WHEN YOU GET DOWN TO IT, I LOVE HORSES.

And I like to share with others the things I have had the good fortune to learn.

I started The Riding Instructor 10 years ago. It’s gone through a lot of transformations and some harrowing crashes and there have been times that I wanted to give up because the work looked unsurmountable. But every now and then someone gives me a nice pat on the back and I’m ready to go again. It doesn’t usually take much, just a reader who tells me that I helped them and my batteries are recharged. READ MORE

  • I love your blog!!! You write wonderfully, and give complete and easy to understand explanations. I am going to add your blog to the resource page at my own blog. Thank you so much for posting your experience and teaching techniques on the web! http://lessonsintr.wordpress.com
    Cindy
  • This is such a great blog that I’ve stumbled on! So many great advice, and tips and just a great sense of community all together! I’ve already recommended this blog to multiple people! I’ve just come in to a dream job of mine and being able to follow this blog has really helped put things in to perspective for my soon to be students!
    Sarah S.
  • I have been giving riding lessons on and off for a few years now, but it wasn’t until this year that I officially started my business teaching horsemanship to beginners. I just happened upon your website and I am so glad I did! Thank you for the motivation, the encouragement, and all the great learning! We are all students of the equine, regardless of whether or not we teach.
    JayaMae G.
  • Thank you Barbara! I teach beginners I believe good solid foundation is key to understanding and success. Your article made me extremely proud of myself for what I do. Cheers, B
    B
  • I'm new to your site and just wanted to say a thank you for so many great articles. I've been teaching over 20 years, have hosted a USPC chapter and have had several students go quite successfully to college riding programs.
    Cyndi
  • Hello there!  I just discovered your blog, and am very impressed with your writing and traditional values/opinions.  I am really looking forward to reading more of your entries.
    SJ
  • Your lesson plan will help me organize my lessons to work with the barn's procedures and methods to provide my students with the best that I can offer.  And for that, I thank you!
    Jane
  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE your site!  I wanted to thank you for putting up some of the cold hard truth about the industry and hopefully it can educate others and help our sport!
    SR
  • I just found this site and am so happy to see and read these articles. I have been a certified instructor for 41 years, I never tire of seeing good stuff.  thank you.
    jim
  • I really enjoy your writing style, information, research and wit. Keep them coming.
    Rose
  • Thank you Barbara.  You have a lot of great ideas and information to share.  Glad that I found your website.
    Karen