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post #11 of 15 Old 08-16-2013, 12:24 PM
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No matter what level show you are at the warm up rings are always the worst. I was hacking my boss' very expensive, very fancy hunter early one morning and a girl almost ran into me because she was texting and cantering. Yes. Texting and cantering. I have had to stop whatever exercise I am doing just to get around people that walk three-abroad chatting on the rail, doge kids on pony's, come to a screeching halt yelling at a girl on a horse I was taking the outside track and all she did was just stare at me and run her horse straight at me. Another time I was on the 5 year old stallion. I picked an end of the schooling area to stay at and keep to myself the best I could. He is fairly well behaved, all things considered but he was a little fresh that day and I was obviously working hard to keep him in line. A trainer came in with a pony herd to teach a lesson and chose not the nearly empt side of the schooling area, but the side with the young jumper stallion who was bucking and playing. I really, truly do not understand how inconsiderate and stupid people can be these days.
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post #12 of 15 Old 08-18-2013, 03:59 PM
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I absolutely hate warm up rings for this reason. If at all possible try warming up your horse at home before you go to the show (don't make him sweat though, of course) if you get to the ring and it looks like it will be a mess, just walk your horse to keep him calm yet supple, and like you said, sometimes you just have to use your first ride as your warm up. If your horse is well trained and knows what to do they should be okay with that. Good luck!

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post #13 of 15 Old 08-20-2013, 04:08 PM
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I've been showing for years and I still hate most warm up rings. Even when people are passing and calling jumps and being considerate I hate that so much of my attention is on watching out for everyone and not 100% on riding. I've even left a little early when I felt it was worse for my horse then actually staying in and warming up properly. But, it is what it is and truthfully it probably won't change so all you can do is accept it and learn to keep one eye on the ring and one eye on your jump!
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post #14 of 15 Old 08-20-2013, 04:42 PM
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Warm up rings for me aren't such a big deal as I get daily practice with the students at our barn. At the time I ride there are a few beginner or advanced beginner classes going on and none of them know how to steer accurately as yet. What I have also found out is that many people, kids or adults, still don't understand the concept of left or right. Normal passing etiquette is left shoulder to left shoulder on a meeting situation (but people don't know which side is "left" and faster moving horse (ie canter etc) stays on the outside rail with lower gaits keeping off the track.

Simple enough but some people being some people prefer to make the assumption that what they are doing is more important and thus they have priority over what you need to do or are doing.
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post #15 of 15 Old 08-20-2013, 08:54 PM
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Can you not find an out of the way place to get him up into a long trot? That is a good warm up pace without sweating him up. The chaos in the warm up rings, to me, is where riders go to show off, to intimidate other riders. But there is also the risk of your horse getting sidelined with a well place kick. Even gentle lunging will warm his muscles and it doesn't take up much space.
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