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Finding the Right Instructor

28 Nov

I wanted to touch on this subject mostly because so many people first starting out in the horse industry dont know how to get their foot in the door or where to go for reliable advice on which barn or instructor will fit their needs. I’ve compiled some information that should hopefully help you choose a safe, fun envirnonment to learn in, regardless of your location, abilities, or discipline.

Most barns will welcome a potential client for a meet-and-greet session with the barn owner and instructor/trainer. This is a good time to get a “feel” for the atmosphere of the facility. Some things to consider:

* How are the horses being treated? Do they all look healthy, well groomed, and well cared for?

* Are younger or inexperienced students accompanied by a knowledgeable horse person or instructor at all times?

* Are the barn staff, trainers, and instructors respectful, courteous, and confident around the horses and riders at the barn?

* Are there helmets available for use if you do not own your own helmet?

If you’re going to be trucking in with your own horse, you may want to take into extra consideration the cleanliness of the stalls and stall isle, any potential safety hazards to your horse, and the footing in the arena.¬†You should also ask the staff if they require proof of vaccines and a negative coggins for all truck ins. If they dont, there are potential hazards for your horse.

Ideally, the barn you choose for your lessons should be tidy and safe, with a knowledgeale staff and instructor, and at the same time be a fun and inviting atmosphere. Best of luck finding a place to ignite your passion of horses, and feel free to contact me or comment on this subject if there are any questions! Happy riding!