Horseback Riding Instructor

Teach people how to ride and care for horses.

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Salary Range
$19,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Horseback Riding Instructors do?

As a Horseback Riding Instructor, you help students master a unique mode of transportation. Unlike studying to pass a driving test (which may produce a few crumpled traffic cones along the way), this mode of transportation requires control, compassion, and dedication to your faithful steed.

A Horseback Riding Instructor might take on a single student or instruct an entire group of eager Equestrians. Your pupils range from summer campers excited about their first look at a regal stallion, to 50-year-old city slickers searching for a new hobby, to experienced riders who want you to give them a leg up in their next competition. Regardless of their age and abilities, though, they all come to the Horseback Riding Instructor eager to strap on a helmet and get into the saddle.

Understandably, most students are a little crestfallen when they find out they can’t simply jump on their horse and start galloping across the arena. You introduce them to the prep work that preludes each riding session, and hopefully, like you, they don’t mind getting their hands dirty. Starting in the stables, you demonstrate the proper way to clean hooves and brush coats. It can be a messy, not to mention smelly, business, but it’s your job to make sure your students understand that the animal they’re riding is more than just a mode of transportation.

Your lessons, while starting in the stables, can roam wherever you please. If even a spacious arena is too small for you, all it takes is an open gate and, suddenly, class can take place in wooded trails, along a beach, or even across a desert. As long as your students can follow, all of the outdoors is your classroom, the reins your whiteboard, and the horses your textbooks.

Should I be a Horseback Riding Instructor?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Horse Riding Instructor, Riding Instructor

    How to Become a
    Horseback Riding Instructor

    Most Horseback Riding Instructors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9xazyp&chl=no+college+%2835%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2829%25%29|master%27s+%2814%25%29|doctorate+%289%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,35,35
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