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Include a Mentor in Your Riding Lesson Plans

You may wonder why, when you’re just starting to make riding lesson plans, you should consider someone as lofty as a mentor. Professional athletes have mentors, not beginners to a sport!

But professionals reached that status thanks to the knowledgeable, caring people who encouraged them right from the start.

Even if you don’t aspire to the dizzy heights of professional status, horse riding for beginners is more fun, with less moments of frustration, if you have someone to offer encouragement and expert advice.

What is a Mentor?

Here are some synonyms to give you better picture of the role played by a mentor: ‘adviser, counselor, friend.’

A mentor is your personal cheerleader: someone who encourages you to do your best and won’t let you give up: a shoulder for you to cry on during the rough patches and someone who genuinely rejoices with you when you do well.

This person can come in several guises, but must be someone you can trust.

Who Makes A Good Riding Mentor?

The best riding mentors understand what you’re going through. They haven’t forgotten what it was like for them when they first started learning to ride, and are not ashamed to admit that they made mistakes.

They are good riders and knowledgeable horse people who genuinely want to help others enjoy the sport. They have no agenda beyond the satisfaction of seeing someone they assist become successful.

Such a person will help you draw up sensible riding lesson plans, avoiding the pitfalls they fell into when they first began riding.

Where Do You Find a Mentor?

The most obvious person to become your mentor is your riding instructor. If he or she is a good teacher with your interests at heart, this person will become a friend as well as your trainer and offer advice outside lessons without expecting to be paid for it.

But if that isn’t the case, over time you’ll get a good feel for the other riders at the barn. If you see someone who treats their horse kindly, rides well and has a friendly disposition, talk to this person and ask for advice. Chances are you’ll discover he or she is happy to become your mentor.

The most suitable person is one who waits for you to ask for help. Those who offer unwanted advice and ‘know everything’ are best avoided.

Riding is more fun and fulfilling when you can share your dreams, successes and frustrations with an experienced person. Asking for help is an important part of learning to ride, and riding mentors often become lifelong friends.

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