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kahtleenc

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kahtleenc says:

Tips please for teaching beginners?

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

RE: Tips please for teaching beginners?

When I learned to ride as a child on the lead rein, we used to practice exercises like the around-the-world, half - dismount  and so on.  We also used to have little races like the bending race and sack race, but on the lead rein, and we got asked questions like the points of the saddle, parts of the bridle which our instructor would point to and we had to name.

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Devereux

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Devereux says:

RE: Tips please for teaching beginners?

I suppose relating to them in a way that will keep them interested will help in their learning, and finding out who learns in what kind of way, not everybody learns by watching or hearing, and vice versa, not everybody learns from doing it themselves. It might help you to talk to them and treat them like adults,. and they will most likely rise to the challenge, just make sure you don't terrify them with all the tricky phrases :P x

My World Does Not Revolve Around My Horse, Because My World Is My Horse. (: *JazzHands*

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rideofhislife

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RE: Tips please for teaching beginners?

No stirrups exercises. Wiggling ankles, knees up at the top of the saddle then outwards. When I was a lead rein, I loved riding with no strirrups.

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Maddie2102

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Maddie2102 says:

RE: Tips please for teaching beginners?

The below answers are really good, but at our stables the beginners do little mounted games things, if you understand what I mean. Like, put the cup from the first stick to the second one and trot back. Or, jump off, weave through the markers, climb over some stepping stones, throw a rolled up sock in a bucket, run back, jump on, trot a lap of the arena. Something like this will keep the kids entertained.

When I was on lead reign I did 'Around the World' and 'Half Scissors' and 'Parts of the pony. Get the kids thinking like 'Do you think your pony is walking too fast or too slow?' and 'How can you make your pony slow down?' and 'How can you make your pony halt?' stuff like that is good.

Here are some phrases:

 If a child's reigns are too long, say 'Shorten up your washing lines!' but in a funny way.

Call sitting trot 'bumping trot'.

 

Just use funny phrases and feel relaxed, show the children how they should hold their reigns, and keep their legs back, toes up and heels down.

And it also helps if the beginners ride older ponies, like 15 and upwards, as you know they'll be less likely to buck and make the kids scared to not come back.

 

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franbobby

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franbobby says:

RE: Tips please for teaching beginners?

I teach some young girls to ride,their about 5 and al you've got to do is be relaxed and have fun with them!

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vamp1918

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vamp1918 says:

RE: Tips please for teaching beginners?

hiya!

simple you teach them basic things and make them fun like instead of walk to a walk to c get out of the arena make them do things like dress up like faries and dress their ponies and then do it or do little pphoto shoots just real girly stuff like that its great fun for them and you!

i did it with my friends kids and they loved it! :)

hope this helps!

thanks: vamp1918

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emilee

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emilee says:

RE: Tips please for teaching beginners?

you could do some little excercises for a warm up while working round if the beginers are young children, for example they could, hold both reins in hand, touch their ponys ear,poll,or hind quarters. they could also touch their left leg with their right hand. i used to do these little excercises when i first started riding.

if they are really young children they could trot from C to A and then say something which begins with the letter A.

as they get more confident, non stirrup work will be good, and bringing their knees up to the saddle to practice their balence :)

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lizzybo

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lizzybo says:

RE: Tips please for teaching beginners?

 As "emilee" below says, exercises to with touching toes (the kids always found this hard and this started off something cheeky and innocent that they seemed to enjoy say somethings like "come on...I'm an old woman and i can do it! I realise you are probably not an old woman but if they are young kids this works well). 

I always used to ask them to do the "helicopter"-swing your arms around, and the YMCA (always a laugh!)

It's always easier  to teach a group of lead reins one by one... so get some helpers if possible and work on a 20m circle. Its easier to pick up on things they can work on if you are watching one at a time... And you will have more time to notice it. 

It takes some getting used to but I used to love teaching the kiddies.

Hope this is helpful

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Lothmorwel

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Lothmorwel says:

RE: Tips please for teaching beginners?

Confidence, seat and balance are key things to work on with kids. Position, hands, legs and all the rest are important but getting them comfortable with the horses movement, relaxed and sitting well is a good starting point.

Physical exersises like touching the ponies ears and docks (whilst retaining leg position) is a fun little competition and encourages them to lean out of the comfort zone and yet also concentrate on leg position.

Getting them to talk or answer questions or shout the arena markers is a good way to keep their attention, keep them breathing and encourage awareness of surroundings and distract them if they're feeling nervous about the pony.

Take advantage of your leaders and do individual work like all turning left and circling to change the rein. This will give the kids something individual to concentrate on rather than simply following the person in front, and is something they may not be able to do without the leader.

Do work without stirrups so they don't rely on them so much.

Incorporate some pony club games like cup on a stick or getting off and mounting from the wrong side - mix things up and keep them doing weird and wonderful things.

Don't worry about talking all the time - you may end up confusing them or making them switch off. Keep what you say short and sweet and clear. Be encouraging but keep pushing them - they may only be tiddlers but they are there to learn!

Get in touch with your local pony club to see if they have any ideas, or maybe if you could book one of their instructors to come along and teach to mix things up a bit.

Use your imagination and remember what you found fun when you were a kid.

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kahtleenc

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kahtleenc says:

RE: Tips please for teaching beginners?

 Thanks Guys! 

Whenever I make a joke or try to make them  laugh they just don't! they give me funny looks instead! 

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