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Riding Instructor Role and Responsibilities
ES 350

Instructor: Cheri Vonada



          In this required course you will learn the different styles of instruction, communication and different ways to effectively get your message across.  You will learn about body language and how to give positive feedback.   

           You will learn how prevent injuries and accidents, safeguarding both horses and riders, by assessing your facilities, your horses and yourself.  (Liability insurance is required, so avoid extreme costs.)

          You will enhance your good name by having safe practices.  Riders will feel comfortable and parents will be happy to leave their children and horses in your care.  Horses must remain injury free so they can work and assure your income and keep veterinary costs at a minimum.  This course provides a checklist to determine the safety of your facility.

          This is your introductory course.   Riding Instructor Role and Responsibilities is a prerequisite to the
Teaching Techniques course.

                I.  Are You Instructor Material?
                          A. Attention to detail
                          B. Compassion, sympathy and patience
                          C. Present a professional image
                          E. Dealing with clients

               II.  Equipment
                          A. Types of equipment needed
                          B.  Proper fit for horses and clients
                          C.  Ownership of equipment

              III. Risk Management
                        A. Creating a safe environment for horses
                        B. Safety for riders and instructors.
                        C. Choosing the right horse for the job.
                        D. Understand the different ways students learn - avoid accidents

               IV. Accounting

       There is are no required textbooks for this course.

        There is no completion deadline for the course.  The student works at his or her own pace.  The student will not be "locked-out". 

         The grading scale for this course is as follows:
                 90-100%  =    A
                 80-89%    =    B
                 70-79%    =    C
                 Below 70%     Fail

        You are strongly encouraged to communicate via email with the instructor. Ms. Vonada is available as an instructor and mentor to assist you in meeting your goals for this course.  If at any time during this course you change your email address, please be sure to notify the instructor and office right away.
        Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms when communicating with the instructor.
        Please include full name and address in all correspondence.  

        Many lessons require written assignments or essays.  They should be submitted as an attachment to an email using Word or a similar word processing software.
        Please be sure to include full name and email address on all documents - not just in the email message. 
        Proper grammar and spelling will be graded.
        Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms - this is college level work.

        Access to a horse is not required.
        All assignments and quizzes must be completed.


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