03-18-2013, 06:15 PM
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Plomme that is not my goal, it is what I HAVE on a good day with my horse. I warm up extensively in walk with a long rein but still on a contact, and incorporate leg yield exercises follows by shallow lateral exercises such as shoulder fore, renvers and travers with only a little angle initially. I would not expect a horse to go straight into half pass and highly angled SI etc in the initial warmup period.
After this walk work on most occasions I am able to then trot off, still on a long rein with reasonably light contact, and have my horse over his back and connected. Same goes for shifting up to canter. Once I have this feel on both reins, I'll walk again for a short period then commence whatever work I am needing to do that ride, whether it is changes, steep laterals, half steps etc.
There are days when my horse who is a sensitive, anxious little soul, will be tense, anxious and behind the aids. On those days I will only focus on getting him 'through', then put him away.
By 'piddle around' I refer to the warmup of many who assume a warmup consists of wandering around on a loose rein, on the forehand and allowing the horse to drop the shoulder and so on, all for the sake of apparently warming the horse up.
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