Good rules of education
To be good teachers, technique is not enough: it also takes knowing some psychology
- Instructors must inspire trust in their students both with the security of their knowledge and with the linearity of their behaviour. Their mind must be a large deposit of knowledge. This baggage must inspire the right solutions, the indications to suggest, the ability to explain how an action should be performed, as well as what can be achieved with it.
- Instructors must use a discreet language and eliminate superfluous words to give a clear and essential message. They must never be annoyed or irritated; if students do not grasp a concept, they must stop them and explain it calmly.
- The eye of the instructor has to run constantly in search of small postural or behavioural errors, muscle tension, and incorrect attitudes of the horse caused by the student.
- The task of an instructor is to train and improve the riders, but also to train the horses to make them agile and athletic, to put them in the best physical condition, to train them in a general or specific way, depending on the commitments.
- Good instructors must be horsemen in order to evaluate their physical potential, their character and personality, their emotions and reactions.
- They must be able to evaluate the qualities and the weaknesses of each student and study their personality. They must always take into account the individuality of each person and not generalize.
- Instructors must always give advice, explanations, or references, which can often be concentrated in a single word, as long as it is appropriate.
- Instructors also have the important task to follow the horses in the stable, to be concerned about their well-being, which essentially depends on the behaviour of those who care for them. By keeping in touch with a trusted veterinarian, they must determine the most appropriate nutrition for each horse and meticulously check and verify possible therapy, shoeing, and other needs.
Instructors must be driven by a vocation, they must be able to impose hardships and sacrifices on themselves for the pleasure of giving, transmitting, and creating. They must have the power to stifle disappointment and move forward, always reaching out for the best. They must be able to rejoice in the side lines when those who benefited from their work reap the rewards, and they must always be analytical, self-critical, and determined.