Learning to trail ride as a total newbie?
I have a friend who I am gradually luring over into the horsey world (part of my Master Plan to make sure I have plenty of fun people to ride with :winkgrin:) and he's actually pretty interested in trail riding, but I find myself a bit uncertain as to how to advise him in terms of lessons. My background is dressage and I'm quite happy to keep doing that in addition to trail riding, which covers most of the riding basics at least, but I'm pretty sure he'd be bored stupid riding around an arena because he doesn't really have interest in dressage as an activity in and of itself.
However, just throwing him out on a trail with a horse without a good grounding in the basics (how to have a good seat, general horsemanship, etc.) seems like a recipe for disaster. So what should I tell him to look for if he looks for some type of lessons? Annoyingly, he is not local enough that I can go check places out and say 'okay, even though they're doing discipline XYZ, they're teaching the basics properly so you should be set even though you don't want to XYZ.' And for what he needs, a place that uses tricks and gadgets to get around teaching basic riding skill seems like a bad plan.
Is there such a thing as a trail/endurance trainer/instructor? As far as I know he doesn't actually have any endurance/competitive trail riding goals, but that might be just because he hasn't discovered the fun of that yet. ;) (Well, I did show him a clip on YouTube of part of the Tevis ride, and he thought it looked kind of interesting, so maybe...)