Do you ever struggle with...

Teaching to the group?

Writing effective lesson plans with measurable objectives?

The RIDES skill charts provide written skill sets for instruction!

Do you ever struggle with...

Measuring a rider’s progress?

Helping a rider progress to the next skill level?

Check out the RIDES method for measuring rider advancement!

Do you ever struggle with...

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!

Do you ever struggle with...

Having a consistent format for every rider that could be used to assist in collecting data?

Dated, signed and ready for comparison!

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).

Do you have a systematic way to clearly define your riders’ current level of skills?

Do you have a roadmap for advancing those skills?

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.

why RIDES?


  Improves documentation.

  Enhances data collection.

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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


Riders are grouped more effectively by skill levels

Equine Assignments:

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

Structured Flexibility:

Provides a structured process that promotes personalized instruction to best match individual rider needs

RIDES benefits

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:

RIDES features


 Defined approach for instruction.
 Flexible skill sets for goal-setting.

  • 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


 Systematic process to define a rider's skills.
 Easy to group riders by skill level.