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post #21 of 43 Old 04-15-2012, 10:06 AM
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depending on the day/weather/workout it differs, my main goal is to get my horse supple, off my leg and focused

i begin at the walk with circles and serpentines, because its a 10 minute walk to the arena, i usually only walk for 5-10 minutes.

then i move up to the trot, working extension and a little collection lots of 2-point, standing balance, posting up-up-down, and a little no stirrups. still doing circles.

i take a short walk break and work on bending and halts.

then i canter. i would like to say i do lots of changes and circles at the canter, but i usually just open him up to a nice foreward medium canter and let him strech with a few big circles.

i like to change directions a lot when i warm up, i ride with light/medium contact, except in the walk break.

if im jumping that day i set up a cross rail and jump it both direction at the trot and canter.

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post #22 of 43 Old 04-15-2012, 01:52 PM
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I start on the ground : Lunging, then a bit of leading the horse around just for them to be nice and relaxed then I mount up. Once I'm in the saddle I start off by creatively walking around the arena for about 5 minutes just to get the horse thinking and relaxed, and to make sure the horse won't spook at anything in the arena. Once the horse is snorting and relaxed and not spooking at anything I pick up a trot. I usually do my walk and trot creatively making the horse engaged and not bored. I usually trot for about 5-7 minutes depending on the fitness of the horse and how relaxed they are at the trot. I alternate between sitting and posting, and then once my horse is ready I pick up the lope.
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post #23 of 43 Old 04-15-2012, 01:53 PM
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My gelding spends most of his time out in his paddock, so he's walking all day from grazing, and stays warm.

Therefore, he doesn't need a big warmup. He's been moving all day. He's not particularly cold backed anyway, so he's pretty ready to go as soon as I get on.

I usually start off at the walk, and there I'll be doing haunches/shoulder ins, pivots, etc. to get the individual portions of his body loosening.

I'll float him around at the trot a lap or two in each direction, before I start setting him in the bridle. By this time, he's working pretty well, and starting to kick into his frame. I'll do some rating, so I'll go from extending him, and settling in his WP jog, and back up again.
I'll do the same, haunches/shoulder in, leg yields, tight circling, to get him bending.

When I move him into a canter, it's basically the same routine. I'll let him cruise for awhile, letting him move out before I set him in the pace I want.

If I'm working on the pleasure, I really have to let him move out at the canter at first, and get him settled back on his haunches more than I would for HUS, and let him warm up that way, so he's able to go down to his slow pleasure lope with ease. If I don't, he doesn't have the momentum to keep a steady pace.

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post #24 of 43 Old 04-15-2012, 02:05 PM
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Depends on what I'm doing. If I'm just going for a trail ride, I walk the first half mile, trot the next, and then do whatever.

If I'm doing flat work, I either lunge for about 10 minutes, covering all gaits in both directions, or do a short under saddle warm up. When I'm warming up under saddle, it takes more work to cool down my horse's brain than to warm up her muscles.

I start with walking on a completely loose rein. It sometimes takes a few laps for my horse to be willing to walk quietly. I then walk on contact and ask her to flex at the pole. I do circles, spiralling in and out to stretch the neck.

Next we gait. I want it slow, lazy, and on a loose rein. After we can do that, we're pretty warmed up and listening.
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post #25 of 43 Old 04-15-2012, 02:40 PM
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Well, as of now, it's already an average daytime high of 80-85 degrees out before I ride and just *getting* a nice trot and canter are the goals of our training plan, so the warm-up is pretty much 5 minutes of walking to the arena and doing some walking with bends, serpentines, halts and backing.
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post #26 of 43 Old 04-15-2012, 04:51 PM
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I start with hand walking to the arena, and a couple of laps and circles before tightening my girth. Once mounted, walk a few laps loose rein. Get a little contact, and walk a few circles/diagonals/etc and also vary the pace of walk. Whoa and do some stretches, and then pick up the trot in a light contact. Basically the same thing, lots of pattern work etc. Then canter time, followed by whatever intensive stuff we are doing. Typically, we ride more out of the arena than in, but I always do lots of pattern and transition work during warmup.
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post #27 of 43 Old 04-15-2012, 04:59 PM
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I used to walk him on a loose rein, working on keeping him on the rail when I wanted and leaving the rail in an attempted leg yield (I was learning) as well as figures and change of pace of the walk.

Then I'd pick up the posting trot and work on 20 meter circles at each side of the arena, then cut across the diagonal and walk again. Come down the short side and weave cones all the way down to the other side.

Then I'd switch direction and pick up the posting trot and we'd practice more leg yields and half circles and I'd move into two point so he can really stretch out his back.

When I was ready, I'd sit down and pick up the canter and let him have the entire arena to canter around 2 times each way as I worked on relaxing. Sometimes more if we were put together.. I'd always stop before he fell apart or I got jittery.

Then we'd move back down into a trot, do a few serpentines to the other end of the arena, and wind down for a walk and we'd practice "free walk" where I'd ask for more via leg and slowly feed the reins out to him. We'd halt and flex at his poll some more and then pick up the walk and do a few more attempted leg yields. (Before my riding instructor showed up)

This usually took around 25-30 minutes depending on how I was feeling that day. If it wasn't a lesson day then I'd just put him straight to work at the walk and work on flexing at the poll and backing up before asking for a trot and moving along from there.

Other days I wouldn't ride him, I'd lunge him in his side reins for 15 minutes and then spend a little time working on ground work with him. Or I wouldn't do any exercise with him at all except desensitizing and sending him through and over objects before hand grazing him.

He had it pretty easy.

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post #28 of 43 Old 04-15-2012, 05:31 PM
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I walk dreamer around the paddock once, saddle her up, then I do lots of walking and trotting, then I get into cantering... I'm still a beginner so that's basically all that we do :)

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post #29 of 43 Old 04-15-2012, 06:10 PM
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My warm up is totally different & kind of backwards.
My two older mares are wise & very friendly unless they think I want to catch them for something other than their entertainment then it's a different story. I walk out & usually just stand while they both run like I'm shooting them with a pellet gun, sometimes I just sit & watch. After they are winded & sweaty they stop & I get which ever one I want. At that point our session involves cooling off. They are seldom worked & never hard but the routine stays the same.
They both learned this tactic from my sadly now gone horse (RIP).
My new horse will not be turned out with those two. Her warm up is normal & I'd like it to stay that way.
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post #30 of 43 Old 04-15-2012, 06:12 PM
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I walk 1-2 laps both ways around my arena then trot around for a wile. than walk a lap than go into a slowerish collected lope :)
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