If you ever have the opportunity to ride a schoolmaster, it’s a chance of a lifetime that you shouldn’t pass up. Schoolmasters have lots to teach us and being able to ride a talented schoolmaster is an opportunity that few riders ever have. Here are five reasons why you should try to get the chance to ride a schoolmaster.
Schoolmasters Build Confidence
A good schoolmaster can build your confidence in your riding abilities. Schoolmasters are generally pretty safe and patient, and it can be reassuring to ride a horse who knows what he’s doing, especially when you’re building your own confidence. Being able to ride a schoolmaster a few times can do a lot for your confidence.
Schoolmasters Are the Best Teachers
Schoolmasters are absolutely the best teachers when it comes to upper-level skills. It’s difficult to learn a new skill when the horse that you’re riding is also learning the skill at the same time. A schoolmaster has plenty of experience so that he can take care of the skill, showing you the way through it. There’s no better way to learn something than by doing it.
Schoolmasters Can Get You Past Blocks
Have you hit a block with your regular mount? Maybe you’re trying to get the hang of a new skill, but your horse just doesn’t do what you want. Taking a schoolmaster for a ride or two can help you get past a block in your riding, giving you the skills and knowledge you need to continue advancing on your regular horse.
Schoolmasters Open Up Opportunities
Schoolmasters open up opportunities that we might not otherwise have. They can allow us to experience what new movements feel like, and can give us a safe way to practice our skills without having to worry about training a young or inexperienced horse at the same time. Schoolmasters let us focus on our own riding, and can give us the chance to make improvements quickly.
Schoolmasters Can Help You Help Your Own Horse
You can’t help train your horse if you haven’t experienced the movement that you’re asking him to perform. A schoolmaster can help to teach you what you need to know in able to be able to execute upper-level movements. Schoolmasters give you the experience and skills you need to be able to train your own horse.
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If you ever have the chance to ride a schoolmaster, jump at it – there’s no better way to improve your riding and learn new skills.