EE TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMME
with Heather Moffett at East Leigh Farm, near Totnes, South Devon
This has been instigated at the request of many hundreds of riders who have read ‘Enlightened Equitation’ or my articles in various magazines, and with whom the teaching methods have struck a logical chord.
The aim is to produce teachers who are capable of instilling correct riding into the student, through simple, logical explanation and clear demonstration. Candidates for teacher training need not already be riding instructors, but must have a genuine desire and enthusiasm to impart knowledge in a friendly way, making learning an enjoyable experience for the pupil, not as is so often the case, a terrifying one!
"I’ve had an incredible week of teaching and schooling, and it hasn’t finished yet. Heather Moffett, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing your methods and letting me teach them. I never fail to be amazed by the difference your methods can make but this week has been the best yet."
The Teacher Training Workshops will cover a wide range of associated topics, the first being Saddle Fitting and Construction. Few realise just how much the saddle, it’s design and construction, affects the rider’s position, and the horse’s ability to function correctly. Other topics will cover basic biomechanics, discussion of the various modern methods of teaching, and also the variance between the Classical Schools of thought. In this way, the Enlightened Equitation Teacher (EETT) will be armed with the necessary knowledge to advise and evaluate all types of riding.
The Teacher Training will cover four levels, the first tackling the all-important ‘basics’ of riding.
This is where the foundations, good or bad are laid, and the lower level riders are probably the most important of all. Get the basics right, and you have foundations on which to build. So what are the basics? Development of a deep, elegant Classical Seat, correct biomechanical interaction of horse and rider so that both move together as one unit, ability to apply the aids so that they are clear to the horse, not obvious to the onlooker. In many cases, the pupils will have long established faults, so these will be covered in all of their many forms, and detailed explanations given of how to spot and correct these deviations. Instruction will be given in how to use the Equisimulators to correct faults and also to teach beginners in an amazingly short time. Lunging the rider, and teaching the first stages of ‘feel’ will also be covered.
This will be covered in two separate five-day workshops over a period of one year, with video assessment assignments in between. No more than ten instructor trainees will be accepted on each course, to ensure maximum attention. One of the most important elements of teaching is observation and a very clear understanding of the simple biomechanics of horse and rider interaction, so each workshop will use a range of levels of guinea-pig horses and riders to assess and correct.
Level I consists of two modules, the cost for which is £750 per module (including lunch but not accommodation) plus £200 for the interim video assessment.
Will concentrate on teaching the pupil to become an effective but stylish rider, able to influence the horse with the minimum of effort and movement. In Level 1, we will have concentrated on producing the rider to be a ‘pretty passenger’, in other words able to sit easily and correctly at all paces, but not yet capable of influencing the horse to improve it’s way of going. In Level 2, the Teacher Training will look at producing the rider to be able to school the horse at the lower levels, working on the quality of the paces, and transitions especially. Teacher trainees will be taught to recognise the essential differences between incorrect and correct work, and to give the rider exercises to enable the progress to take place. Teaching lateral work to the rider will also be covered and some jumping exercises.
Will take teaching the rider to school the horse a step further, introducing teaching lateral work to the horse, half halts, transitions within the pace, always placing emphasis on the rider maintaining the correct seat, and for the horse, the quality of the paces and increasing self-carriage. At this level, we will also start to evaluate the difference between the Classical Schools, all of which have merit, but it is necessary to understand that there are fundamental differences in their approach, and ultimate goal, although proponents of one school would have it that there is no difference. I beg to differ, and feel that it is a necessary part of the teacher’s education to be clued up on the various schools of thought. Teaching students to ride advanced movements on schoolmaster horses will also be included.
Level 4 will cover teaching the movements to an advanced level, including flying changes, pirouettes, and work towards piaffe and passage. It is also hoped eventually to include more advanced jumping as a specialist subject, for those who are interested in teaching not only dressage.
Additionally, EETT’s may undertake our saddle fitting training and also sell a range of our products to clients.
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