Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Emphasizing seat development and correct technique helps make the rider more successful and makes riding more fun. Look for a professional riding instructor with good humor, good energy, a deep enjoyment of children, and strong technical understanding of riding systems.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Learning to ride well is like learning to dance well or learning to play music well--it's a lifetime endeavor to develop one's talents to the full. We can enjoy dancing or music with a little learning, but we'll do better and have much better results if we put in the time and effort to learn the basics thoroughly and move on to more advanced practice.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. What is your background in working with children? How long have you been teaching riding? What are the essentials you emphasize in your training? Does the child learn to work with the horse on the ground, tack up the horse, and care for the horse as well as riding? Do you provide a horse for the lesson or must we have our own? Can we ride the lesson horse outside of lessons? If we want to show horses or participate in competitions, can you coach us? When we're ready to lease or buy a horse for the student, can you help us find the right mount?