Watch me whip

Oct. 16, 2019 | Students in the Horseback Riding crease are laying the groundwork for their equestrian skills this week.

Just up Moulton Hill at Mrs. Lévesque’s stable, some BCS Bears and horses are making an excellent team! The group is currently focussing on groundwork, learning to direct the animal without the use of a lead or reins. Instead, students use body language while prompting the horse with a whip on the ground and in the air. "It's fun for the horse because it makes them feel like they're playing the game too," explained Mrs. Lévesque. Form V student Edith noted that while the exercise looks impressive, having a well-trained horse like Zen makes the process much simpler. By the end of crease time, the students had successfully directed the horse trot around the enclosure, stop, back up, and return to the handler.

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Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.