I used to give kids lessons to keep my horse at my barn. it was too busy and I never had a chance to ride, so i stopped.
Anyway, I did $30-$35 an hour. I usually taught 6-8 year olds. I used a trusty old pony named Matches, and occasinally 29 and 31 year old horses. This is what I did-
The first couple minutes I would show the kids how to brush the pony and let them try it. Then I'd explain how to tack them up, and let them help me.
We'd then walk up to the ring and I'd show them how to put the stirrups down and get on. I taught english, by the way.
Depending on their ability, I put a lead rope on them or walked next to them. I'd show them some fun warm ups, and then have them two point. Since they were small and young, I'd do two point up one wall and down the other.
When I thought they were ready, I had them trot on the lead line for about 1/4 around the ring.
I also showed them how to hold their hands and how to sit in the saddle.
I usually didn't have them canter until they were really good at the trot.
For the older kids, I taught a 10 year old and 12 year old regularly.
I had them use a halflinger and another pony.
They could tack up by themselves, but I'd also give them pointers if they did something wrong or to make things easier.
They could usually mount by themselves. I showed them how to fix their stirrups.
I usually stood in the middle of the ring and watched them. First it was two point. I told them if they had any awkward positions that needed fixing and tips.
Then they had to trot on at the two point, again I would correct them if they were wrong.
Also, use POSITIVE words.
I'd then have them post. One at a time, I had them canter. I also did some fun things like on a lunge, have them put one hand on their head and simon says and stuff like that.
Only one could jump, so I had her warm up with a few small crossrails then go 'twice around.' She cantered around four crossrails twice. Its a good mini course.
Anyway, after they were done it was back down to the barn to untack and sponge their pony if it was hot out. I also showed them how to take care of their tack.
I would change the prices if I were you. Small children require MUCH more attention. You'd probably be walking around with them on a lead rope because they'd be all over the place. Still, keep them at a reasonable rate. Make a good first impression. Make sure you give them the impression that you really love horses!
· 1 decade ago