Join Date: May 2010
Location: Queensland, Australia
Well, we went and did it and I spent some time doing stretches with him, as well as lots of walking on the lead rope. The actual riding warm up consisted of lots of long and low, small trot/big trot transitions, and pretty much just focusing on keeping him loose before starting on the sharper transitions, lines, etc. He was so much looser and happier when he went into the ring than when we started our warmup. Thanks heaps for all the help and ideas. =] I talked to one of my coaches and she agreed that a long warm up was a good idea. It was one of Barcoo’s last competitions and I’m glad to say that it ended on a fairly good note. Barcoo proved that he’s definitely capable of the competition and more.
Arksly - You definitely live somewhere colder than I do! Colder than Warwick too. But your horses would be used to it =].
Anabel - I'm not sure exactly your intended meaning, whether offensively or not, so for that, I'm not going to comment except to say that my horse is perfectly capable, and I wouldn't be a good horse owner if I wasn't concerned for my horse's well being.
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