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post #11 of 20 Old 05-09-2011, 09:49 PM
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Depends on the pony and the mood the pony is in.

With some it is quite litteraly warming up the muscles and how warm depends what level of work they will be doing. A walk trot dressage test requires less warming up then a grand prix does.

Other horses it is a case of working them in, getting them to think, settle, concentrate and listen. That can take quite a while depending on the pony.

Example:
Stan in a good mood and for showing could come off the wagon, do a walk trot and canter on each rein (so 10 min warm up,) and go in the ring and win and go champion. I only did this when running seriously late.

Stan in a quirky mood could take over an hour to get him to stop jumping his own shadow and to listen to me.

Stan doing serious dressage took 40 mins to make sure he was listening, quick off the leg, supple, bending, working trough correctly and that I had all my transitions within gaits (collected, working, medium and extended) spot on.

Danny you had to do alot of walk to warm him up because he had a side bone and if you did alot of troting he went hopping lame.

Rolo you had to essentialy school him into a stupor so that he didnt get too excited in the show ring and didnt take hold.

Pride it was a case of alot of transitions and a good forward gallop to get him thinking forwards and moving forwards (if he didnt get his gallop he often got stuck in reverse).

Max (high level dressage horse) also needed a good forwards ambling canter to open up his pipes and get him going forwards off the leg, then we normaly settled into lots and lots of bending, then after that it was a lot of latteral work, then just before going in the ring I'd give him anouther good canter, stick a flying change in or two just to keep him thinking and we were good to go. His transitions were spot on when you got him going forwards so didnt tend to do many.

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post #12 of 20 Old 05-09-2011, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Spyder, I've seen this video before but due to my inexperience didn't quite understand what is so different/special about it "warm-up" wise (plus while I speak several languages the one in video is not among them ). What I see (please correct me if I'm wrong) is lots of bending and leg yield. So is that the key idea of this warm up or its something else besides it I didn't notice?

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Depends on the pony and the mood the pony is in.
My qh is in constant POed mood. Lol!

But seriously thanks for sharing. I was thinking about trying some canter to warm them up, but my concern with canter is that it won't be nice and round in the very beginning.

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I find if I more leg yield my horse in circles instead of warm up with plain old "straight" circles, I get connection more quickly. Also, when I first get on, on loose rein I do very shallow serpentines, just enough to get flexion at change of bend.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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I was thinking about trying some canter to warm them up, but my concern with canter is that it won't be nice and round in the very beginning.
With max there was absolutly no point what so ever in asking for round untill he had had his canter, once he had had it then you could start working on round and up. Hence why I called it an ambling canter.

With backwards thinking horses sod the outline at first, get them thinking forwards, forwards, forwards! When they are going forwards then collect them up.

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post #16 of 20 Old 05-09-2011, 10:05 PM
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Agreed. I always get a better trot once we've cantered.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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[QUOTE=kitten_Val;1028622]Spyder, I've seen this video before but due to my inexperience didn't quite understand what is so different/special about it "warm-up" wise (plus while I speak several languages the one in video is not among them ). What I see (please correct me if I'm wrong) is lots of bending and leg yield. So is that the key idea of this warm

Basically yes.

The aim is to get the horse on the leg and responsive to the slightest touch ( leg or rein) and only then do you go out and do what many others are doing.

The main difference is that when I ask Spyder to trot, transitions, canter etc I have a horse that is ready both physically and mentally. I don't have to go around and around in endless circles WHILE HE WAS STILL STIFF and wait for him to respond like what you would want later.

To me I don't have to understand the language spoken as the actions are obvious.
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Thank you, ladies, for the suggestions!

MBP, I agree - trot is always better after the canter on my qh!

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I keep a long rein, and walk and trot a few 'rounds' of the ring, then change the rein, transitions, serpintines, 20m circles, 10m circles, stuff like that, and also making your horse have a more forward walk, so he's woken up a little bit :) hope this helps
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I keep a long rein, and walk and trot a few 'rounds' of the ring, then change the rein, transitions, serpintines, 20m circles, 10m circles, stuff like that, and also making your horse have a more forward walk, so he's woken up a little bit :) hope this helps
Thanks, Bopa! That's definitely very helpful!

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