Riding instructors are individuals who train students on how best to ride and treat horses. Riding instructors are sometimes referred to as riding coaches although there is a significant difference between the two professions. Riding instructors teach elementary or basic horse riding lessons. Meanwhile, riding coaches are those who typically give out advanced instructions to already capable or professional horse riders. Being a riding instructor will not only be a fun job but a rewarding one as well.
- Get to know the ins and outs of being a horse riding instructor. Firstly, riding instructors handle lessons of their students. However, this job may not just be limited to conducting riding classes. Some riding instructors may be tasked to take care of the horse they typically use for the lessons.
- Elect to take formal schooling to learn how to become a riding instructor. Taking formal schooling to become a riding instructor not only gives you the advantage of receiving a structured system of learning on the matter, but you get to interact with the network of people who are in the business. However, specialty schools that teach equine courses are not that many so you can expect to spend some considerable amount for the tuition fee.
- Opt for non-formal instruction to pursue the field. If you are strapped in cash but want to get the best horse riding instruction possible, then consider shadowing an experienced horse riding instructor. Becoming an apprentice of one would be of great help. Firstly, you would not have to spend as much. You will only need to have enough for operating expenses such as meal and transportation allowance while you're still an apprentice. Secondly, you get to observe the techniques and best practices often employed by seasoned instructors. Bear in mind though that you will have to exhibit your enthusiasm and passion in the craft for a veteran instructor to even consider getting you as a protégé.
- Join similar clubs in your locality. Pony or riding clubs are a great source of network and exchange of learning as well. In fact, some of these clubs offer horse riding classes to their members for free.
If you have finished your equine course or apprenticeship and are already confident about your horse riding ability, then by all means offer your services to interested parties. You can go solo and advertise yourself as a freelance instructor. Alternatively, you can apply for jobs in horse riding schools, academies or clubs. The latter is better as regular employees will typically be provided with insurance coverage. Going self-employed would mean that you'd have to spend on your own money for coverage which could prove to be very costly given the high risk nature of the job.