I was just wondering if you have any hints as to keeping a horse warm (equipment wise and exercise wise) whilst doing a warm up. My friend and I got accepted into the Interschool State Championships for dressage, which is being held in Warwick, Australia, in the middle of winter (in a few days actually). Warwick, for anyone who doesn't know, is pretty darn cold for those of us who are used to 25 Degrees Celcius + days.
I would love love love some ideas as to keeping warm. My horse is a 20 year old TB gelding who still has his winter coat and really feels the cold. I can't do a lot of canter work in the warm-up as he becomes extremely nervous/excited/tense in the test and it kills all our walk work. I was thinking of warming up in a light summer rug that's been modified into a exercise sheet.
My friend's horse is a younger StockHorse X TB who has been recently clipped and feels the cold. My friend is really worried that Ollie will get too cold before her test. She competes Elementary so wants him really warmed up and supple.
So any tips on keeping warm would be great! Cheers