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Volunteer Management

When you first start teaching, it’s easy to fixate on your rider and forget the rest of the world. However, often your volunteers need just as much feedback and praise – if not more! So here are some notes on basic volunteer management. VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT The role of a TRI isn’t just teaching the rider, … Continue reading

Note Sheet for Observing a Lesson

This is a follow up to the post “Watching a Therapeutic Riding Lesson“. In that post I described what to look for when you observe a lesson. Now I am giving you a hand out to use for taking notes. It is especially helpful for Instructors in Training as they learn what to look for … Continue reading

What, How, Why, Where

Inspired by an email I received a while ago from a reader inquiring about the… What, How, Why, Where The “What, How, Why and Where” of teaching are used all the time! But more specifically… Use these during the first explanation of a new riding skill: “This is WHAT we are going to learn, HOW … Continue reading

Should I get Certified?

I’ve had several recent inquiries regarding whether or not to get certified, so I decided to share my thoughts. The questions came from people with tons of experience with horses, and teaching both able-bodied and disabled riders, who are wondering if they should get certified. Their concerns include: Is it legal to teach therapeutic riding … Continue reading

The Next Step: Advanced Instructor Certification

I attended an Advanced Instructor Preparatory Workshop this week at Heartland Therapeutic Riding by Sandy Webster and it’s been so inspiring and motivating! In all honesty, I never thought I’d be interested in (aka confident enough for) Advanced Level Certification, and certainly not so soon after getting the Registered Level Certification, but I got a grant to … Continue reading

Long Distance Mentoring and Certification

Want to become a PATH Intl Certified Instructor but don’t have any therapeutic riding barns nearby to get mentored, shadow, and do teaching hours at? It’s possible! (I just found out, or I would have told you sooner!) Some PATH Intl Mentors are available to do long distance mentoring over video, phone, etc.. To find someone … Continue reading