I use my own method, honed from over 40 years of experience! I do not have a lesson plan per se, but go into each lesson with something and mind and then adapt to the day. So many variables that can change what you had orginally planned so you must be able to adjust and maybe even back up a bunch before going forward.
I'm looking for examples of different instructor's method of teaching, so if fellow instructors could give their lists and input, that would be awesome!
That would be awesome (indeed!) ... for a pro to give you their methods that they have honed over some long hard yrs of experience. They probably paid good money for all of their training to teach also, not to speak of the outlay for their own riding education up the ranks.
Provide student with copy of Centered Riding by Sally Swift. Books on basic horse care. Books on rider fitness and encourage them to do the exercises regularly. Any other appropriate references.
1. Basic Horse Care
First learn to catch and halter horse
learn to groom horse and care for horse
learn about tack and how to tack up
introduce basic care of common horse ailments continue as the student learns to ride.
2. Independent Seat
Put on steady eddy horse with bareback pad (no reins) and lead around at a walk, as student progresses do lots of great balance exercises.
Repeat at jog
Eventually progress to doing all this this on lunge line
Learn how to use seat and leg aids to control horse.
introduce posting trot and two point
3. Learn how to use reins.
Once have independent seat- learn use of reins
Introduce reins with no horse. Student holding reins and instructor playing role of horse (learn how to have soft contact following "horses" movement, how use reins in various transitions, turning etc). Emergency stop.
Introduce reins with horse- practicing all of the above. Beginners probably benefit from "rainbow reins"
4. Ride with a saddle.
Introduce riding with saddle (with and without stirrups).
Then everything else we usually teach.
What would happen if someone learned in this manner? It would be more rigorous for the student but....... the ends justify the means.
I did not learn this way. But when I first got my horse we were on a shoe string budget and I rode bareback for a year. Did wonders for my balance and feel of the horse. I still try to ride bareback on a regular basis and do lunge line exercises. Happy Riding to All!!!
OP, you might want to read Jane Marshall Dillon's School for Young Rider's, which is more or less her curriculum put into a story about how a young girl (former Olympian Kathy Kusner) learned to ride. It even has a quiz at the end of each chapter. In case you are too young to know who JMD was, she taught Joe Fargis, double Olympic gold medalist and KK how to ride, among many others.
When I first started teaching, it was in a very regulated program, where they had levels. So to pass level 1-A, you needed to know these skills, and then in level 1-B, you would learn these skills. How you taught it was left up to the instructor, but the skills expected to be taught/learned were clear.
With my own program, by groups are much smaller, and most of my students are re-riders who may have a lot of knowledge, but still have gaps; for example have competed 3'6", but do not know how to leg yield. I more or less put students together based on their availability and the size of jumps they and the horse they ride can do. As such, I usually come up with a lesson plan/skill to work on for the week, that all students do to some extent. (Or some weeks I am lazy (like this one) and we just review skills).
I put on my blog what we will be working on, as well as some of the theory behind it, so that students can feel somewhat prepared. Beginner students will do the easiest form of the exercise, and more advanced ones the harder form.
I often base what I plan to teach as a whole on the skill I see most students lacking, or based on something I read or tried on my own.
To be honest, I PREFERED the other style of bringing students up from beginners and being able to check off skills as they were learnt with a large stable of school horses to pick from, but my niche seems to be adult re-riders so I have adapted.