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Overwhelmed with Instructor Training

Happy New Year! I haven’t posted lately because we’ve been so busy with traveling, but also because there’s so many things I want to post I don’t know where to start! However, the other day a reader emailed me asking for advice about feeling overwhelmed by the instructor training process of leaning to teach a … Continue reading

Teaching Your First Therapeutic Riding Lesson

This topic is for Instructors in Training who are preparing to teach their first Therapeutic Riding Lesson. My first lessons were chaos because I had no idea what I was doing, so I want to share some ideas with you to make your first experience a good one! While teaching your first lesson is a … 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

Instructor Certification Scholarship

Just got this in the email… The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to announce the PATH Intl. Champion of Equine Service Certification Scholarship to financially assist prospective instructors who achieve champion status to obtain a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification. The EQUUS Foundation will award one scholarship to cover the registration fee up to $1,000 for the recipient to attend a PATH Intl. … Continue reading

Watching A Therapeutic Riding Lesson

You can learn a lot watching someone else teach a lesson, especially if you know what to look for! The following is a list of questions to ask yourself after watching another instructor’s lesson, taken from PATH’s instructor book and my own thoughts. Starting out, I recommend answering these while the instructor is teaching the … Continue reading