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post #1 of 6 Old 03-13-2012, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Warming Up

What is your guys warmup routine at a race/rodeo?

On my main guy I get on him roughly 20 minutes before I run. I start out with a few laps of walking, trotting and long trotting. Then go lope circles, a few counter arcs then back into the circles, trot some counter arcs, figure eights, walk a few circles then I tighten my cince and put my bands on then head to the arena during the drag and wait for my run.

He isn't a hot horse....but when he is at a race he KNOWS what he is there for and has a cocky attitude so he gets pumped and wants to go do his job. So I don't get on him to early or else we both get over anticipated and he starts getting a little hotter and impatient waiting and waiting. And 20 minutes is just the right time he is nice and warmed up, focused on his job, and goes and makes a nice run.

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My guy gets VERY hot. Not to the point where he is unresponsive or dangerous, but he prances around with his head in the stars LOL. I get on him about 10-15 minutes before our run, and trot and lope him in circles in both directions. Generally, I'll do it until he begins to feel relaxed and/or begins to drop his head. When I stop, I make him back up several steps. Once I feel like he is responsive and thinking, I take him and stand him where I want him to stop coming out of the arena. He doesn't have a very good stop, but I know that if I let him rest in one particular place, then I'll only have to steer him toward it and he'll stop. Usually I am banded in as soon as I step into the saddle, just so that I know that I'll be ready for my run.

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I get on about 20 or so horses before me. Walk a bit, then trot some laps, mostly long trotting, then lope circles both ways. Work on side passing. After that I continue walking until my drag is up. Then walk in the holding pen during the runs before me. My horse is still a colt and I want him to continue to stay as calm as possible.
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-13-2012, 02:24 PM
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My mare is a dead calm arena horse. She can be a dumb hot-head at home in the field, ut when we're at an arena, she just.... dies. She just plods along with NO fire. So, in my warmup, (15-20 minutes) I just do everything to get her nice and warm, get off, stretch on the ground, get back on, and get her fired up. I'll ride her like we're going to run, stopping, backing, spinning, just getting hotter.

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IThe second I enter the arena, I do small circles and counterarcs. Soften the face and ribcage until the mind is back at the walk, then I do it at the trot and canter too. I need to go both directions at the walk/trot/lope until I feel my horse loosen up. After the counterarcs I do rail laps, then probably some rollbacks and spirals along the fence or the middle of the arena to be sure my turn button is loose too.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-14-2012, 03:00 AM
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What is your guys warmup routine at a race/rodeo?

On my main guy I get on him roughly 20 minutes before I run. I start out with a few laps of walking, trotting and long trotting. Then go lope circles, a few counter arcs then back into the circles, trot some counter arcs, figure eights, walk a few circles then I tighten my cince and put my bands on then head to the arena during the drag and wait for my run.

He isn't a hot horse....but when he is at a race he KNOWS what he is there for and has a cocky attitude so he gets pumped and wants to go do his job. So I don't get on him to early or else we both get over anticipated and he starts getting a little hotter and impatient waiting and waiting. And 20 minutes is just the right time he is nice and warmed up, focused on his job, and goes and makes a nice run.
Laugh! Almost this exact same thing.. The trotting is the key when warming up not just getting on five minutes before and loping 100 circles..I'll walk a good bit, long trot, get off and stretch my horse out, tighten the saddle..trot again, lope a few circles, and finally walk until my run. Keeping my horse moving and flexing until my run..Cooing down is trotting then lots of walking..

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