You Can Help Improve the Riding Instructor

The goal of The Riding Instructor is to provide a resource that encourages instructors and riders with fresh ideas, explaining tradition, discussing hard things, and whatever instructors and

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An Interview on Horsemanship Radio & Rehabbing Horses

I was excited to be interviewed by Debbie Loucks on Horsemanship Radio  for the April 25th show. We discussed teaching, writing, and rehabbing horses. Horsemanship Radio is Monty

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Instructors of Beginner Level Riders are the Foundation

Beginner riding lesson instructors and their programs are the foundation of the horse industry. Here’s why. Business Models There are many models for riding lesson programs ranging from

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10 Things to Improve the Future of the Horse Business

When you hear about things like horse show competitors who can’t ready their own horse, water withheld from horses so they are calmer for their riders, lunging to

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Sharpen Your Eye for Trot Diagonals

I ran across a Facebook discussion about how to tell and how to teach when a rider is on the correct diagonal at the trot, so I thought

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School Commands & Arena Figures for Every Discipline

What are they? School commands have their basis in the military where the need to move many minds in one direction at the same time requires a standard

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Try a Simple Beginner Trot Pole Jumping Lesson for Students or Horses

Download the PDF You can download a pdf of this lesson complete with diagrams. Just click the download button. Simple Trot Pole Jumping Lesson:BEFox:RidingInstructor.netDownload Using trot poles for

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How Much Grip for Horseback Riders?

How much grip should a rider have with their legs? Should they grip at all? The short answer is—it depends. Stirrup length, seat, and activity all factor into

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Three-Point Seat, Right or Wrong?

My intention with this month’s post was to move on with a discussion about seat mainly defining the terms and definitions we use. As usual, I looked through

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Why Do We Teach Our Horseback Riding Students Position?

Performance & SafetyFor the RiderAll sports and many arts teach "position" or form because good form results in better performance. How you hold the golf club and position your

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