Riders and Non-Riders Helping Horses

15Horsemasters10Pok-O-MacCready’s horseback riding program is about much more than riding horses.  That’s where Horsemasters comes in.

Girls and boys riders wake up each morning at 6:45am, diligently report to the barn, and proceed to work for the next hour.  Then they do it again after dinner.  “Horsemasters has always been a fundamental part of our riding program,” says session #1 riding director Sue Bagli.

Those “fundamentals” involve going to the barn, tack ro15Horsemasters01om and pastures to muck stalls, groom and feed horses and insure general order, health and happiness for the animals.

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

“This is important because horses need to be able to eat, and live well,” says Tess.  “When you take care of a horse, you start to feel as if it’s your own.”

Tess is a long time rider at camp, but one of the surprising things this year, a15Horsemasters04ccording to Bagli, is the number of non-riders involved in the Horsemasters program.  “Lots of them, both girls and boys!”  The question is, why?

“Why not,” retorts Remi.  “A:  I ride at home and, B:  I just like being around horses.  They are not as judgmental as humans and they’re funny to watch.”

“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.”

“I think it’s a neat experience,” concludes Christian.  “And, it’s fun!  You get to groom horses, and socialize with the people.

“And, picking up poo is not that bad!”


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

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

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