Teaching Techniques: Task Analysis

I’m back! Sorry that one month “maternity leave” from the blog turned into three! There’s definitely less free time available when you have a reflux baby AND a toddler. But I’m hoping to sneak in some blogging time now that things are settling down. I really want to finish up this teaching techniques series, so … Continue reading

Teaching Techniques: The Basics

Here’s even more notes on teaching techniques that I’ve given ITs (Instructor in Training). This is actually the first one I usually hand out first. It’s about general teaching techniques that aren’t detailed in other handouts/posts but are just as important, and a good place to start. Teaching Techniques: The Basics Give Simple Instructions Get … Continue reading

Teaching Techniques: Hows & Whys

Here’s some more notes on teaching techniques that I’ve given ITs (Instructor in Training). This one is focused on using lots of “hows” and “whys” to help your riders learn! Hows & Whys Whenever you tell a rider what to do, you need to also tell them how to do it, and why they should … Continue reading

Teaching Techniques: Effective Feedback

Here’s some more notes on teaching techniques that I’ve given ITs (Instructor in Training). This time I rewrote much of it to make it better, and as usual am super breaking it down because that’s what I like to do… I remember teaching my first lesson and suddenly freezing up like a deer in the … Continue reading

UC Davis Hooves for Heroes program

I’ll admit, I rarely read my alma mater’s alumni magazine, but for some reason today I flipped through it and saw an article on a recent program they started called “Hooves for Heroes.” There are lots of veterans programs now, but what caught my eye, and what I want to share with you, were two … Continue reading

Teaching Techniques: Arena Management

I have a lot of notes on teaching techniques that I’ve given ITs (Instructor in Training) that I’m going to share here, because they’re already put together and easy to post 🙂 Mostly all the ones that are missing from the Guide to Certification’s Teaching Techniques sections, shown in red. Feel free to add your own … Continue reading

Terminology

Recently the topic of terminology in the field of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) has been coming up. There are already some really good articles out there already that address this issue, such as the “Top 10 Hippotherapy Myths and Misconceptions” by Speech In Motion, “The T Word” by Hoof Falls & Footfalls, and most recently … Continue reading