Why Are Qualified Riding Instructors Important?

It goes without saying that a horseback riding instructor should be skilled at working with horses and teaching students. However, it’s also important that a riding instructor meets a high standard of professionalism, particularly where children are concerned.

So it makes sense to look for a qualified instructor who is either: a) a professional member of a respected national equestrian organization; or b) certified by a well-regarded organization that offers accreditation programs for riding instructors. (Note: Riding instructors are not required to be formally certified or licensed in the United States.)

For example, qualified instructors can be professional members of any of the following organizations:

-United States Equestrian Federation

-United States Pony Clubs

-American Quarter Horse Association

-American Paint Horse Association

… and more.

If you choose a certified riding instructor instead, you’re hiring a qualified professional who has undergone training and testing of theoretical and practical knowledge in keeping with current industry “best practices.”

To find a certified riding instructor near you, check out:

The American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA)https://www.riding-instructor.com

The British Horse Society (BHS, international)https://pathways.bhs.org.uk

The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) https://cha.horse

Centered Ridinghttps://www.centeredriding.org

Equestrian Management Workshops (international)—https://eqmw.com

Equine Studies Institute (ESI)http://www.equinestudiesinstitute.org

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)https://www.pathintl.org

United States Dressage Federation (USDF)https://www.usdf.org

United States Eventing Association (USEA)https://useventing.com

United States Hunter Jumper Associationhttps://www.ushja.org

Your goal when selecting a riding instructor should be quality lessons in the safe, ethical and enjoyable riding of horses. This is especially necessary with kids, as a positive first experience can lead to a lifetime of pleasure in the saddle.

Therefore, it is a good idea to seek a qualified instructor whenever possible, regardless of the rider’s age or level.