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Horsemanship Articles published by the Certified Horsemanship Association. The Instructor Magazine Archives.

The Art of Teaching Riding

CHA’s latest manual, The Equine Professional Manual—The Art of Teaching Riding, was written by a committee of experienced riding instructors and educators. The following is an abridged except from various sections in the manual. Classifying or Grouping Riders Grouping riding students according to experience level and ability is the preferable way to organize groups. There …

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Lisa Lombardi in CA

Finding Your Career Path

By Sarah Evers Conrad Members of the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) have an abundance of career options, including riding instructor at a public riding facility, owner of one’s own facility, a camp instructor, an instructor associated with organizations like the Girl Scouts, instructor of riders with disabilities, teaching at the college/university level, being a trail …

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Risk Management is a Must

By Jill Montgomery Most riders are well aware of the risks that come with horseback riding. According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health, one in five riders (20%) will suffer a serious horse-related injury that requires medical care or hospitalization. In addition, an equine professional such as a riding instructor, may …

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Succeeding as a Clinician

By Julie Goodnight Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “clinician” as “a person who conducts a clinic,” with “clinic” defined as “a group meeting devoted to analysis and solution of concrete problems or to the acquiring of specific skills or knowledge.” After decades as a horsemanship clinician and thousands of clinics worldwide, I think these definitions make perfect …

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Laura Jones

Sample CHA Lesson Plan

Tips for Lesson Planning By Sarah Evers Conrad Lesson planning is an important part of developing a cohesive and organized lesson program focused on goal achievement and rider progression. According to CHA’s latest manual, The Equine Professional Manual: The Art of Teaching Riding, a lesson plan is “a clear, flexible, and individualized teaching aid for …

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