Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Depends on the horse and the situation.
Stan for an outdoor, on grass test, he took about 20 mins of walk, trot and canter work as well as some lateral work and a good gallop to get him going forwards. For an indoors test it normaly took me an hour of transitions and latteral work before he would even begin to play nicely, before that he would be a total twit and decide his own shadow was going to eat him.
A Para Dressage horse that I regularly warm up at competitons has a set routine that lasts 45 mins. It starts with a good walk, trot and canter, then goes back and does lots of bending in the walk, latteral work in walk, turns on the quaters in walk. Then lots of trot to walk transitions and trot work focusing on makeing him bend and flex and use himself, then trot work to make him straight when needed. He got one good canter on each rein just before I got off him for his rider to get on and that was it.
Danny anouther horse I rode barely needed anything, I normaly had a good walk trot and canter and then let him settle in walk. 10 mins for the warm up and 10 mins of wandering around letting him see stuff.
So it completely depends on the horse.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT