Horsemasters: Hard Labor or a Valuable Experience?

horsmastr10Why do girls and boys riders wake up each morning at 6:30, diligently report to the barn, and proceed to work for the next hour?  Well, for one thing, they have to.

“Horsemasters has always been a fundamental part of our riding program,” says session #1 riding director Sue Bagli.

Each morning, and again after dinner, horsemasters head to the barn, tack room and pastures to muck stalls, groom and feed horses and insure general order, health and happiness with the animals.  “The horses can’t do it themselves, and the riding staff can’t do it all,” says camper/horsemaster Sophie P.  “It’s an important job because if you ride, you also need to know how to take care of a horse.”

“Riding is a something that carries with it huge responsibility”, says Hayley Higgs, session #2 director.  “You don’t just show up, saddle a horse and ride around.”

For their part, the campers not only seem to understand this concept, they also tend to enjoy thhorsmastr03e responsibility of caring for, while connecting with the animals.

“It’s fun to groom horses,” reports Prisca.  “I don’t mind waking up early.  If we didn’t do it, the horses would be dirty.”

“It’s really fun because you can connect with horses,” says Sarah S, a first-year session #2 camper.  “I really like to bond with them.”

“We enjoy spending time with horses,” Sophie concludes.  “”I get to learn a lot about them that I wouldn’t learn by only riding.”

Campers will be at Willow Hill Farm tomorrow, competing in the summer’s third horse show.  Pictures and story coming up Monday.


Pok-O-MacCready Camps
1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

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