How do I become a horse riding instructor?

Thinking of a change of careers and looking to become a horse riding instructor? We explain all you need to know.

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Riding instructor is a popular career choice and one that can take you in many different directions. 

You could work in a riding school, be a freelance instructor, specialise in one discipline, teach competitive riders, teach top level riders, be a Riding for the Disabled instructor - the choice really is wide open.

Most people start at the same place - by getting as much equine experience as possible and completing some type of formal training. 

Pros & cons

PROS It's hugely rewarding to see riders improve, progress and gain confidence.

PROS If you're a freelance instructor, it can be possible to fit in around your family and horses.

CONS Teaching involves long hours on your feet rain or shine.

Still keen? 

Training to be an instructor is usually done through the British Horse Society (BHS) or ABRS. You'll need to complete various levels of horse care and riding qualifications before you can start on the instructor's ladder.

Offering to help at your local riding school can give you an insight into what life's like for an instructor and you'll gain invaluable experience at the same time. 

For more information about training, visit www.bhs.org.uk or www.abrs-info.org