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Riding Instructor Teaching Techniques
Breyer State University
Bachelor of Science Degree in Equine Studies
Instructor: Cheri Vonada
This required course teaches how to use effective teaching techniques so your students master both the theory and skills of riding.
To be successful as a riding instructor, you must understand how to develop an effective lesson plan to meet the objectives of the student, be they a first-time rider or a seasoned competitor looking for championship polish.
The focus of the first three lessons is on safety around horses, how students learn, how you can best develop lesson plans, and how best to teach private and group lessons.
Once you've mastered the teaching techniques presented in the first three lessons, you will be asked to video yourself giving a riding lesson and utilizing the appropriate techniques for the test criteria.
Lesson 1: Creating a safe riding facility environment.
A. Making sure the student is safe.
B. Making sure the facility is safe.
Lesson 2: The characteristics of a good riding instructor
A. How students learn.
1. Audio learners
2. Visual learners
3. Kinesthetic learners
B. How to develop lesson plans
1. Setting short-term and long-term goals
Lesson 3: Teaching in special situations
A. Teaching on the lunge line.
B. Teaching Children
1. Differences between teaching children and adults.
Lesson 4: Final assignment for evaluation of your teaching techniques. The student will video tape a riding instruction lesson.
Riding Instructor Role and Responsibilities is the required prerequisite to this course.
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 required.
The ability to make videos and submit them to the instructor is required.
You will also need "assistants or volunteers" to aid with your class demonstrations.
All assignments and quizzes must be completed.
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