How do you know when their warmed up?

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    02-14-2011, 10:11 PM
Green Broke
How do you know when their warmed up?

Just as the title says, how do you tell?

I went to a training day on Sunday and relized I didn't really know when to start jumping, when Buzz had warmed up enough.
I put it down to walking around 2 laps both sides and then trotting one lap both sides, then transitions then I jumped him...
I think I also put it down to when he is willing to trot with the slightest tap.

Is there a way you tell?
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    02-14-2011, 10:36 PM
I think it's more of a feeling - your horse should be loose, responding to your aids, and moving forward at a steady pace.
Here's my warm up:
Around 30 min of warm up includes...
- long & low circles - encouraging him to reach down and stretch, both walk & trot, both ways
- shoulder in / out both directions
- leg yields from the wall to quarter line & from quarter line to wall, both directions
- extended trot, both ways
- a quick canter, 20 m circles in both directions
- shoulder in at the canter ( if we're feeling ambitious)
- transitions - at least 20 in both directions

The warm up may be longer based on how my horse is feeling

Hope that helped =)
    02-14-2011, 10:37 PM
Walk, jog-trot, extended trot, lope/canter both directions/leads... 15-20 minutes if they're in excellent condition...
    02-14-2011, 10:41 PM
It doesn't take long for my horse to warm up.

At shows, I normally lunge for about 10 minutes to get him moving. Then, after I get on, I normally trot 2-3 times around, canter 2-3 times around, then start jumping. He's broke enough to where I don't need to do all sorts of exercises before I show or jump. Of course at home we do exercises like circles, turns, lead changes, patterns, etc etc etc.
    02-14-2011, 10:57 PM
Green Broke
Thanks that does help :)
    02-15-2011, 04:00 AM
My warmup (although I don't jump) involves at least 10 minutes of walking on a long rein, asking the horse to come in front of my leg and stretch into a big marching walk. From that, I will start to bring the horse up into a contact, do some leg yield, walk-halt-walk transitions and serpentines before I start trotting. Then same thing in trot, leg yield, transitions and serpentines. A little bit of shoulder in and then into canter, some leg yield and transitions in canter. A 5 minute long rein walk and then into the serious work.

I know when my horse is warmed up sufficiently in body AND mind when he is working ahead of my leg, is responsive to my aids, is over the back and working consistently into a contact.

Just remember that a warm up is not just about 'warming up' their body. You also need to warm up their mind in preparation for the tougher work to follow, so make sure they're really tuned into your aids before you start your harder work.
    02-15-2011, 03:30 PM
My warm-up usually consists of 15 to 30 minutes lunging. The longer the lunge lesson, the better Jake is when I start to ride. I lunge him at walk/trot/lope and then do it reverse as well. If he works up a small lather of sweat, I figure he's ready to be ridden, sometimes he doesn't sweat, but it's time to ride regardless.

Then I get on, and our undersaddle warm-up is walking, and doing some trotting - mainly circles and figure-8's. Then we'll work on collection at the w/t/c, and loping figure-8's. Some days we'll walk our drill pattern as well.


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