Originally Posted by BubblesBlue
...HOrses are built to run away, so their bodies can withstand it more. However, horses are not built to get down and turn sharply around barrels... So therefore, we have to do everything we can to keep them from getting hurt.
When a horse runs away in the wild, is there always a path?
I've watched my horses chase each other when angry, and they seem to accelerate and turn quickly without trotting first. I've watched them sprint across rocks and between trees in spots I wouldn't try riding them...
Bottom line - if you want to warm up your horse, do so. Based on studies with humans, it doesn't seem likely to help - but that doesn't stop millions of joggers from stretching into positions that would put this aging jogger into a hospital.