The « fagot »: all big ones start small…
The schooling ring serves to school young horses. It gives the frame and encourages them to keep the perfect movement on a jump, even when they are tired. «A winning horse is not absolutely the best but the one who saved the most energy during the race and being the less tired in the end.»
The apprenticeship in the ring of some youngsters is rather short, while others need more time to get the assurance necessary to jump «outside».
The schooling ring gives also the opportunity for older, more experienced horses for a coming back after a long break or some gymnastic before the race. Nervous horses feel more secure and are calmer in this fencing. This helps them to settle.