They Can Lead a Horse to Water

Is it child labor, or a valuable experience?  Why 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?

“Horsemasters has always been a fundamental part of our riding program,” says session #2 16_horsemaster11riding director Hayley Higgs.

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 welfare with the animals.  “The horses can’t do it themselves, and the riding staff can’t do it all,” camper/ horsemaster Sophie P said recently  “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”, adds Hayley Higgs.  “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 the responsibility of caring for, while connecting with the animals.


“It’s a lot of work but you get to know other people and work with horses,” says Natalia, an incoming three-week camper.  She adds that “They’re beautiful animals, and it’s nice to know16_horsemaster08 your doing something good for them.”

Annie C chimes in with:  “Horsemasters is a privilege.  It’s something you don’t get to do at home, and horses are amazing animals.”

Hayley Higgs is proud of the work ethic of her Horsemasters, especially the non-riders who have chosen to help out none-the-less, as well as “the fact that we have more boys this year than ever before.”

Zoe sums up the experience well:  “Horses work really hard for us, so this is a way to give something back to them!”


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

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

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