Riding Instructor

The group for anyone who wants to learn about horses and riding or anyone who teaches about horses and riding. The source for the information that a riding instructor should be able to give to students.

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Latest Activity: Dec 16, 2012

French and Saunders Fun Video About Riding

Discussion Forum

What Makes a Good Riding Instructor 6 Replies

If you had to choose 1 or 2 things that are the most important to you when you pick an instructor to ride with , what would they be? Knowledge, name, awards, certification, experience......?

Tags: qualities, Instructors, Riding

Started by Barbara Ellin Fox. Last reply by Barbara Ellin Fox Mar 15, 2010.

How Do You Decide if a Stable is a Good Place to Ride 6 Replies

There are lots of ways to determine if a particular stable is the right place for you to take lessons. One way is to look at the horses. Are they in good health? do they seem content? Are they…Continue

Tags: where, to, ride, bits, dirty

Started by Barbara Ellin Fox. Last reply by Barbara Ellin Fox Jan 1, 2010.

Seen Any Good Videos?

This is the time of year that might require that some of our training be done on the sofa. It's a great time to view good videos on riding. Do you have a favorite?One of my favorites is "Cross…Continue

Tags: videos, good, favorites, Videos

Started by Barbara Ellin Fox Dec 20, 2009.

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Comment by Jennifer Leigh on October 20, 2010 at 9:27pm
I really like the video below on jumping. Although I've been riding forever, I've only been jumping a couple of months. I still have problem with my position; especially my legs and hands. I tend to swing my legs too far back and lift my hands at the last moment. I liked that the video gave examples of what to do and what not to do. I need all the advice I can get.
Comment by Sarah at on September 21, 2010 at 12:47pm
Hi everyone,
Check out the new job openings for Riding Instructor and Coach positions at

Hunter jumper coach required for Innisfil, Ontario JOB ID#608
Coach/Riding Instructor required to cover maternity leave from Jan 2011 - May 2011 JOB ID#608
Comment by Barbara Ellin Fox on March 3, 2010 at 1:46pm
Congratulations! I looked at your web site and also excerpts from your book. It looks like lots of fun! The very best of luck to you with it.
Comment by Jonathan Boudin on March 2, 2010 at 11:17pm
Hi everyone, I have a new book out that teaches kids the basics of riding. It is called The Little Red Riding Book and it is a fictional story with lots of educational information. I'm not one for sales pitches, but of you'd like to check it out the website is and it is available through Trafalgar Square ( Thanks!
Comment by Barbara Ellin Fox on December 25, 2009 at 2:52am
Merry Christmas. I hope 2010 brings great lead changes, straight center lines, perfect timing, and strong seats and legs for everyone.
Comment by Jackie Cochran on December 14, 2009 at 3:50pm
Good video.
YES--jump WITH your horse.
Comment by Barbara Ellin Fox on December 13, 2009 at 9:50pm
Comment by Jackie Cochran on December 1, 2009 at 8:33pm
Oh, I forgot to tell you about Debbie. She is one of the best horsewomen I have known. There are times when she handles a horse where I just stand with my mouth open, she makes the hardest things look easy. She also develops horsewomen. Debbie also rides and teaches the most effective Balanced Seat that I have ever seen.
The thing I like best about her is that she is willing to listen to me. Though she does not ride FS, Debbie has been wonderful in helping me improve my FS. We have been doing a 4 year long conversation on the theories of horsemanship. I read books on horsemanship, I tell Debbie what I read, and we discuss it while I ride. She keeps me up to my equestrian ideals. And she is the only riding teacher brave enough to put me on Arabs. Learning good horsemanship on Arabs, a dream come true. Of course Debbie has lots of other types of horses, OTTB's,
Warmbloods, a Percheron, Appies, ponies, etc. etc. boarding at her barn.
She runs a big barn, about 38 horses, most in stalls with proper turnout.
Comment by Jackie Cochran on December 1, 2009 at 8:20pm
Hi Barbara, thank you for your kind comments. I ride Forward Seat, quite similar to the Fort Riley seat, as they both have enormous inputs from the Italian Cavalry school. Or rather I TRY to ride Forward Seat, due to my MS I ride a very weak and unbalanced rider version of the Forward Seat. The more I follow Littauer, though, the more secure and effective my riding becomes. I have finally gotten strong enough to do the FS for slow equitation for a few minutes at a time, and I tell you, the minutes in which I GET IT RIGHT I finally feel secure on horseback again.
Keeping my position, with the lowered knee, really helps make up for my less than perfect balance. For those all too brief minutes I am finally moving WITH my horse again. Truly addictive!
Comment by Barbara Ellin Fox on December 1, 2009 at 5:22pm
Jackie has probably seen the video "Effects of the Crest Release" on but I thought it might be interesting to the rest of our group. It's my first try at a video.

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