Sue B asked in PetsOther - Pets · 1 decade ago

What is a schoolmaster horse?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A schoolmaster is a very well trained and experienced horse. It will do exactly as its told, and thats very useful if you're an instructor teaching a novice rider. The horse will respond exactly and the instructor can tell whether or not the rider is giving the correct aids. Its great for learning dressage.

  • 1 decade ago

    A schoolmaster is a horse that is particularly good at either one discipline or many, he could be young or old, novice or experienced. To give you an idea, when I first started riding I brought a schoolmaster, he was 21 had been there and done that and never spooked bolted bucked etc etc. Since my experience has grown I have found a love of dressage so I have purchased a schoolmaster dressage horse, this guy is not a novice ride, he will tank off down the road and is very unforgiving if you give him the wrong aids...HOWEVER he is teaching me how to ride a good dressage test so is therefor schooling me! Hope that helps

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    I'd almost say that definition above is more of a push-button horse than a school master. A push button horse will guess what you want because they know the deal, they've been there, done that and know how to go around a ring. A schoolmaster waits for you to get it right. By my definition schoolmasters make you work for it. They're great learning tools because unless you ask at least 80% correctly they will refuse to do jack-all but they won't flip out in the process. It's actually why I don't think schoolmasters are extremely common or easy to come by and I think the term is extremely overused. That being said once you are confident enough and have the skill set you should be put on another horse to try it out. Personally I'd rather start a rank-beginner on a push-button trier then once they have the basics stick them up on a schoolmaster (assuming I ever got lucky enough to own or train one). Beginner-safe triers are confidence builders. A real schoolmaster can be a frustrating experience. Once they are confident on the stubborn "ask me right or not at all" animals then let them on the younger ones with familiar skills. My definitions of push-button vs. school master came out of a very long discussion when I was about 11 with my riding instructor at the time and I have never forgotten it. Essentially schoolmasters are to school the riders. Push-buttons are horses to be schooled. The horse I learned on was a push-button mare. Lovely and beautifully trained but she'd try for what she thought you were asking for. The second pony I rode was equally lovely but if you didn't ask correctly it rapidly devolved into "Heck no. I'm not doing it. I will do this wonky hybrid motion that is weird and looks stupid until you fix what you are doing." He was dead quiet, would move around to keep you in the saddle and would do anything you asked so long as you asked correctly.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A "goldie oldie" is a schoolmaster, a horse with a rich and sophisticated vocabulary or understanding of aid pressures. These horses are not the same as " babysitters". A babysitter is a horse that is programmed in a routine and will perform that routine even if its rider asks for it the wrong way. The schoolmaster, by contrast, understands and responds to full range of nuances within a corridor of aids. Since we know that the horse is very knowledgeable, its response to the new student's application of aids tells us volumes about what the rider already knows or still needs to learn at this point.

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  • debzc
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    1 decade ago

    A schoolmaster is a horse or pony that has been well trained and has the right temperament for any kind of rider. They are sensible enough to be ridden by novices, and are genuine enough not to be silly or highly strung for a more nervous rider. Often a schoolmaster will be used to teach people to ride, or introduce riders to competition work as they have the experience to cope with the task, and get riders out of trouble if necessary, because they will think for themselves.

    Source(s): 35 years experience with horses.
  • 1 decade ago

    A beginner rider needs to learn on experienced, tolerant, patient, level-headed horses, usually at least 10-years-old. These horses are known as school masters and they are best for teaching beginners because they behave predictably and are safe.

    School masters have been taught how to behave by experienced riders and they in turn teach beginner riders how a horse behaves. The main job of a riding instructor is to prepare good safe, schoolmaster horses and ensure a safe environment for learning to ride.

  • 1 decade ago

    A schoolmaster is a horse who's usually been through upper level training (traditionally this term is used in dressage horses, meaning they are often 4th level or higher) but has the personality to allow riders who are not as highly trained to learn on him or her. As such they are usually older horses. Many of them have had injuries that have taken them out of higher level competition, but are still capable of the lower level movements. They are highly prized because they can teach a rider so much about how to properly ride, apply the aids, and allow them to feel how upper level movements feel to ride. I hope this, in addition to the rest of your answers, helps you :)

    Source(s): Owned a great schoolmaster, Manistique, who I had to put down earlier this year.
  • 1 decade ago

    a schoolmaster horse is riding school horse or pony .they are good for thenovices to ride .i started on a schoolmaster when istarted riding i use to do around the world on him he just pod a long .

  • 1 decade ago

    A well schooled, sensible natured horse that has been there, seen it done it with more experienced riders in the past & although may now be past his competitive best is ready to take a novice rider through the lower levels to learn & gain experience.

    Source(s): owner of 8 horses, BHS qualified instructor, former equine vet nurse
  • 1 decade ago

    A horse that anyone can ride. This horse will not hurt a fly.

    Source(s): owner of 15 horses
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