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    04-14-2012, 12:36 PM
  #1
Foal
Whats your warm-up like?

I was just wondering, What do other people do for warm-up? Lunging? In side reins? Letting the horse stretch for a few laps? Give me some ideas?
     
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    04-14-2012, 12:44 PM
  #2
Started
I usually walk a lap or two on longish reins, though still with contact with the horse's mouth. I'll ask for a little bit of flexing each direction. I also like to walk them across three or four ground poles a few times (usually until we have one or two times across when the horse didn't tap or move any of them). I find this can be a good way to stretch some of the muscles in the hind end and back because it asks them to reach their hind legs under them well to clear the ground poles.
     
    04-14-2012, 04:08 PM
  #3
Yearling
I take lessons right now and my instructor has us two-point and walk a few laps around the arena. We may drop our stirrups and post at the walk, too, depending on the day.
     
    04-14-2012, 04:22 PM
  #4
Foal
Warm-up

When I first get on i'll walk a couple laps, or even around the yard to just get him going. But mainly I do trotting for warm-up. Just because trotting is very good for the horse first of all, and I do my serpintines, and 20 meter circles, and get me horse bending and accepting the bit. Once I start trotting, I don't usually walk again till im completely finished my work out. That includes being finished jumping, and everything.
     
    04-14-2012, 07:25 PM
  #5
Trained
I spend my first 10-15 minutes in 2point at w/t/c on a loose rein.
     
    04-14-2012, 08:00 PM
  #6
Foal
Personally I think 10-15 minutes into an exercise is way to soon in a warmup to be cantering!
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    04-14-2012, 08:05 PM
  #7
Trained
My horse lives outside and has to be walked about 10minutes into the barn. Then I tack her up and get on. Walk for about 5 minutes, trot for about 5, and then canter a couple laps on a loose rein. Imo that is not too much. In the dead of winter I might warm up a little longer, but its unlikely. It would be different if I was asking her to go on the bit or something, but I ride her on a loose rein and don't ask anything but that she is not on her forehand and moving forward. If you don't agree, you don't have to ride your horse like that. I also warm up my 23yo longer, but that's because he needs it.
     
    04-14-2012, 08:10 PM
  #8
Yearling
I work the walk first so may be do that as long as 10 minutes. Once I get the correct walk, I then move up into the trot as his muscles are warmed up and he is working correctly. Part of the walk warmup is also doing long and lazy serpentines, 20m circles, leg yielding (towards the end of the ten minutes), shoulder ins.....
     
    04-14-2012, 08:30 PM
  #9
Weanling
I do one lap of the arena in walk, encouraging long and low. Then I bump it up to trot, keeping that loose rein. I generally do a huge oval around the arena, asking her to lengthen along the long sides and slow down on the short side. After two goes in each direction, I start working on transitions. Four strides walk, four strides trot. I do a lap twice in each direction, still with that long rein. Then I'll work in changing her frame in walk and trot, going a few strides in long and low, and then asking her to carry herself for a few strides. Then I'll do several arena size figure 8s in canter on a long rein, changing leads through trot, then walk, then halt and then a flying change once both direction. Then I'll put her in almost a working frame and then do four more laps of transitions: walk/trot, trot/canter, canter/walk, walk/canter, canter/trot, trot/walk and occasionally halt and reinback. Then I'll begin my workout.
     
    04-14-2012, 08:39 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by ellygraceee    
I do one lap of the arena in walk, encouraging long and low. Then I bump it up to trot, keeping that loose rein. I generally do a huge oval around the arena, asking her to lengthen along the long sides and slow down on the short side. After two goes in each direction, I start working on transitions. Four strides walk, four strides trot. I do a lap twice in each direction, still with that long rein. Then I'll work in changing her frame in walk and trot, going a few strides in long and low, and then asking her to carry herself for a few strides. Then I'll do several arena size figure 8s in canter on a long rein, changing leads through trot, then walk, then halt and then a flying change once both direction. Then I'll put her in almost a working frame and then do four more laps of transitions: walk/trot, trot/canter, canter/walk, walk/canter, canter/trot, trot/walk and occasionally halt and reinback. Then I'll begin my workout.
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