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    04-15-2012, 07:19 PM
Bending/Side passing at a w/t :)
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    04-15-2012, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by pinkjumperboots    
My pony is kept outside as well and as she runs all day probably doesn't need a long warm up but like I said the trotting is very good for horses. I don't canter until about an hour into a warm-up.
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Originally Posted by pinkjumperboots    
Train however you choose, I just choose to have an unbreakable bond with my horses. Besides spending like 2 hours per session with my horse I spend hours and hours grooming and walking around with her after a workout!
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Your poor horse must be bored out of its mind!

Horses generaly do not have a very long attention span, I never do more than 40 mins of schooling on my horse and 20 mins approx of warm up.
We will happily go hacking out for hours and hours but I certainly wouldnt spend an hour warming him up. He'd be so bored he wouldnt be able to perform properly.
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    04-15-2012, 08:04 PM
For me its different for every horse I ride and what i'm riding that day I ride three:


Jumping: walk to hitch, trot circles untill confortable, go over short jumps, canter once or twice around, raise jumps

Other: suntract the jumps


Arena: walk to arena, trot, perimiter, canter perimeter, running walk perimeter, trot one gaming event

Trail: walk for a quarter mile (ish) trot for a little no running till warm


Arena: walk to arena, trot perimeter, trot a gaming event or two,

Trail: same as walker

For the morgen sometimes I have to lunge, if she feels hot or if she hasnt been ridden in a while, because she gets hard to handle when she is hot.
    04-15-2012, 08:58 PM
A few laps in walk on long reins to relax nervous tense horses and let them rediscover the arena, then I get the horse in place and do a lot of circles and general stretching, probably for about 10 min. After that it's time to trot, the amount of trot depends on the horse's age, workload and what discipline I'm doing on that particular day, more trot for dressage, less for jumping, lots of circles, changes of rein and lots of transitions to get the horse really supple. Then it's time to canter, I let the horse find his/her balance before asking for circles (circles are my best friend). After I collect and extend the horse in all three paces. The final stage is to hype the horse up a bit, mainly because for warming up I want a calm, relaxed horse, but when I'm training I like fast responses and prefer a horse that takes my head off if I give too much command than a comatose beast that needs constant nagging.
Everyone is different and if you're looking to set up a routine, a trainer can usually suggest some things that will suit you and your horse.
    04-15-2012, 09:23 PM
Before my riding lesson, I warm the horse up while my instructor usually walks her dogs. First, I walk a few laps around the arena and then I ask for a trot. I usually will do posting trot for a lap or two, and then I add turns and circles into it, because I don't want to bore the horse. If I had to put a time to it, probably 10-15 minutes. When my lesson starts, I usually start off with some cantering and then turns on the forehand and haunches. I'm a beginner rider so I'm sure my warm ups will change as I learn and improve.
    04-17-2012, 10:01 AM
My horse gets a lap in walk while I do girth/stirrups (I alter the length depending on what we're going to be doing). We then go into a trot, and do 5 mins of trot work in a long, low outline in circles, bringing in some shoulder-in/quarters-in/leg-yielding. Once he's engaging his hindquarters and moving nicely off the leg, we do some canter work in 2-point. Then we either start with some warm-up fences if we're jumping, or crack on with whatever flatwork we're schooling. My boy needs plenty of flexion in his warm-up rather than a long period of warm-up to get him moving and listening, and he always needs a good canter before we begin working hard. However, what I think is really important that hasn't been brought up is a cool-down - he gets a good ten-minute+ cool down, either by going for a short hack or by doing sitting trot in a long low outline for five minutes and then walking with a long low outline for five minutes.
    04-17-2012, 10:51 AM
Originally Posted by faye    
Your poor horse must be bored out of its mind!

Horses generaly do not have a very long attention span, I never do more than 40 mins of schooling on my horse and 20 mins approx of warm up.
We will happily go hacking out for hours and hours but I certainly wouldnt spend an hour warming him up. He'd be so bored he wouldnt be able to perform properly.
They don't get bored because they are never doing the same thing, though, because my pony does multiple disciplines, from stadium and cross country jumping to dressage to gymkhana. So I never do the same thing there between those 3 disciplines there are many muscles, circles and routines to go through. So whichever I chose to work on that day, I know she is properly warned up and won't hurt or pull anything. Because she had sore muscles in when I got her so I want to make sure that doesn't come back either.
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    04-17-2012, 09:22 PM
I walk around, both reins and lightish contact. Then into a slow trot, getting him forward and moving, both reins, then I move him fast and then half halt, forward then slow, I do this so he's listening to my aids and if I was to canter or jump and he gets to forward then I will be able to slow him down. I usually do a few spirals in and then leg yield out on both reins. :)
    04-17-2012, 10:05 PM
Originally Posted by pinkjumperboots    
. Once I start trotting, I don't usually walk again till im completely finished my work out. That includes being finished jumping, and everything.
so you don't walk your horse for 2 hours ??
    04-17-2012, 10:11 PM
I usually hand walk my mare around at least once to get her girth up (she needs it tightened realllllly slow) then get on and walk for like 10 or so minutes, trot each way on the buckle and then pick up the reins and start working her w/t/c.

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