EE TEACHER SYLLABUS
EE Level I teacher training
EE level one is for me, the most important level of all. It is purely about teaching the rider, the correct position, correct synchronisation with the horse’s movement in all three paces, and teaching aids that work with, not against the horse.
• Recognition of the correct seat, and all deviations from it.
• Ability to correct faults at halt.
• Recognising asymmetry in the seat at halt and correction.
• Teaching the correct movements of pelvis in walk, recognising when the rider is blocking the walk by pushing with the seat, and correcting.
• Recognising asymmetry in the seat in walk, and correction.
• Teaching rising trot. Recognising correct rising trot, and incorrect, correcting incorrect.
• Sitting trot, recognising correct absorption of the movement and several variations which are incorrect and which block the horse. Sitting trot has perhaps the most possible permutations from the correct, and each needs to have specific corrections.
• Canter, absorbing the movement correctly, and incorrectly. Canter is the hardest of all to correct when a rider has become set in a particular way to compensate.
• Teaching feel, ie when the hindlegs are coming under, or striking the ground, when the horse’s shoulder is back, or swinging forwards. Teaching the rider to feel the correct diagonal, without looking down. Teaching how to feel for the correct canter strike off.
• Teaching the use of the legs, the use of hands, use of body weight/torso, use of seat.
• Teaching the aids of the seat, legs, hands, weight and torso. Aids for forwards movement, in all three paces, aids for turning, aids for halt.
• Basic transitions halt to walk, walk to trot, trot to canter, and downwards transitions, canter to trot, trot to walk, walk to halt. Walk to canter if horse is capable of it, as is easier to teach the rider.
• Teaching a dismounted workshop
• Recognising saddle balance
• Instilling confidence.
Level 2 requires that the teacher can teach and ride, in addition, on horses that already know the movements, with the exception of simple leg yield, which it is expected that the teacher can cope with teaching to horses and riders who do not know it:
• Teaching Leg yield to horse and rider with no experience of the movement
• Shoulder in
• Teaching the rider the relaxation of the horse’s jaw and achieving an outline.
• Improving the paces through use of transitions and to lighten forehand.
• Teaching the rider how to maintain relaxation of the jaw/roundness through transitions
• Use of rein back to take the weight back
• Slowing the walk and trot to improve collection but not through loss of impulsion
• Recognising the many rider faults that creep in when learning lateral work. Asymmetry and crookedness being especially common. Being able to offer corrections instantly or even a split second before being needed as the teacher sees something about to go wrong!
• Lengthened strides in trot and canter
• Turn on the haunches
• Recognising the horses need to stretch forwards and down after working more ‘up’and allowing this.
The teacher needs to be able to ride and train the movements below and able to teach them to a rider on a schoolmaster horse that knows the movements.
• Teaching shoulder in
• Teaching travers
• Teaching half pass
• Teaching renvers
• Teaching counted walk
• Teaching counter canter
• Walk pirouettes
• Collected paces.
A level four teacher must be capable of training a horse to advanced level and assisting their students to be able to train to higher levels.
• Training flying changes
• Demi and full pirouettes
• Lateral work in school walk
• Spanish walk