Indeed this is one of the things I teach and assess people for on a weekly basis at our Team J coach training sessions, but that weekly training is only part of the pathway that leads people to become a coach.
To be able to coach or train people requires a degree of experience and expertise in the skills or tasks you are coaching. In the case of horse riding, this has generally been acquired through your own experience as rider and the training you received as a rider.
(Please note, I won’t go in to an academic discussion of the difference between coaching and teaching; I’ll leave that for a theory session at Coach Training. For the purpose of our discussion I’ll only use the term coaching.)
Therefore most horse riding coaches have been riders, or are still riders and competitors, and then look to add coaching to their activities in order to make a living from something that has been their passion.
So you see the conundrum that grows: is how do you make time for your own riding when you want to train to be a coach? It is undeniable that not many people make a living as a rider and that coaching is the part of the equation that makes the money.
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