The RIDES skill charts contain written mounted and unmounted components. These components are opportunities for teaching a specific skill in your instruction. They can also be used to help you write rider goals and objectives. The components are progressive and clearly help define the rider’s development. Each rider-specific chart has an area imbedded for capturing written data for individual rider’s progression and/or advancement. The comment section can be used for data collection (e.g., reduced prompts from physical prompt to verbal prompt) or for rider-specific information (e.g., mounts from horse’s right).
The RIDES process was developed for riding instructors as a teaching tool. Instructors using this system must possess the wealth of knowledge required for riding instruction. Whether you are a traditional or therapeutic riding instructor, RIDES will assist you in teaching mounted and unmounted skills from the basics to cantering.
Teaching to the group?
Writing effective lesson plans with measurable objectives?
The RIDES skill charts provide written skill sets for instruction!
Measuring a rider’s progress?
Helping a rider progress to the next skill level?
Check out the RIDES method for measuring rider advancement!
Planning unmounted lessons on those days when it is storming or you have a lame horse?
Each RIDES skill level has a set of unmounted components to teach!
Having a consistent format for every rider that could be used to assist in collecting data?
Dated, signed and ready for comparison!
One easy to use system
5 defined rider skill levels
Personalized skill charts for every rider
List of mounted and unmounted components distinct to each rider skill level
Written components for creating rider’s goals and objectives
Documentation of rider development
Consistent language and terms across riding disciplines
“Structured flexibility” within rider skill levels
Comment section to capture individual needs
As an instructor, you benefit from a dynamic instruction team with years of experience and varied backgrounds covering many riding disciplines. The RIDES process is easy to use and:
Riders are grouped more effectively by skill levels
Assigning horses to riders is more systematic and has reduced inappropriate horse to rider assignments (i.e., low level rider that must be on lead, being assigned to a horse that performs best off lead)
Improves accuracy and consistency of instruction with lesson planning, goal setting, documentation, communication, and rider progress
Provides documented progress within a skill level and across skill levels
Enhances rider and/or care-giver communication and understanding of rider skills and progress
Provides a structured process that promotes personalized instruction to best match individual rider needs
Improves communication of lesson objectives to substitute instructors
Supplies capability for data collection
Improves assignment of riders with similar skills into classes
Benefits any size center: one instructor or large instructor pool
Provides consistent documentation of rider instruction and development
Defines measurement for rider progression across skill levels
Improves documentation of rider development
Enhances teaching multi-level classes
Improves the horse to rider assignment process
Enhances data collection.
Defined approach for instruction.
Flexible skill sets for goal-setting.
Systematic process to define a rider's skills.
Easy to group riders by skill level.