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Requirements for Coaching Courses

It is our firm belief that the slogan “Poverty means owning a horse” is not necessarily true. If you are professional it is possible to make a living or supplement your income with horses. We do not deny that horses require a lot of hard work and working in the industry means long hours and at times working when others are having fun, but what a way to make a living…. And think of how much pleasure can you give to other people by introducing them to the wonderful world of horses!

The courses will give you the information you are going to need to become a good coach or run a successful small business in the horse industry. We will give you lots of ideas and suggestions from our own experience in running successful equestrian centres and training riders and coaches for many years.
Even after you have qualified we are still willing to help you set up an effective business, and many of our graduates come to us asking for advice. It is important to us to set standards and in this way to improve the industry.
Of course, you will have to do your bit, after all it is your choice and your career, so you need to be prepared to work at it and look for opportunities, and find ways to get through the course. You will need to find a venue to be assessed in and arrange the riders and horses to teach.
We have found that the most successful graduates were often the students that had to be quite inventive in arranging the circumstances for their practical assessments. This proves to me the importance of:

Consciously Creating Circumstances

For the practical components of the course you will need to have access to:

Horse facilities, tie up rail, horses, gear such as halter, rope, saddle, bridle, rugs, boots, lungeing gear, safe riding areas, some basic jumping materials, 3-6 riders and horses.

Block 1 requires practical assessment of basic horse handling skills and horse management tasks such as catching, leading, tying, grooming, saddling and bridling a horse. The main purpose of this is of course correct techniques but also to ascertain your awareness of safety issues. Especially experienced horse people often take shortcuts when handling horses.

As you are training to become a teacher of inexperienced students, your attention to safety details is paramount. So when you demonstrate these tasks, we will ask you to “talk us through”, i.e. explain what you are doing while you are doing it as if you are teaching it to a beginner. 

Answers to your Questions
  1. Do I need to live in Australia to do the course?
  2. Are there any pre-requisites?
  3. What equipment and facilities do I need?
  4. Are there any other requirements to gain the qualification?
  5. Can I get insurance?
  6. How can you learn the practical things online?
  7. What if I rather do the work with an assessor face to face?
  8. How long does the course take?
  9. I am experienced, do I still need to do the whole course?
  10. If I have problems who will help me?
  11. How does the video assessment work?

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