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    01-15-2012, 12:40 AM
  #1
Weanling
Smile Whats your warm up schedule?

Depending on the level of the horse, this is mine:

Walk/trot around arena a few times, occasionally going across diagonal & sometimes doing serpentines when I remember, on a loose rein.

Stop in the middle of the arena to flex from side to side at stand still, turn on the forehand/haunches in both directions, back up, and side-pass.

Then go out on the rail and do circles asking the horse to soften at the poll and have body at a curve walk/trot, switching sides by doing a figure eight inside the circle.

After a few minutes I go out on the rail and canter around the arena doing a figure eight to change direction and practice flying changes. After a few minutes bumping it up to an extended canter to get the legs stretched a little more.
     
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    01-15-2012, 12:41 AM
  #2
Banned
Do a little stretching, saddle up, walk/ light trot the first mile on the trail Nothing fancy about it.
     
    01-15-2012, 01:02 AM
  #3
Weanling
I've heard stretching before warming up can cause problems; that's why I don't do it but maybe someone on here (or you) can correct me?

Anyway you sound like the rest of my family.
     
    01-15-2012, 01:05 AM
  #4
Green Broke
I have a horse that takes forever to warm up! Well, about 15 minutes. But it's a struggle for me to keep my mind of track during all that "boring" stuff! I'm no pro, but here's what works for me:

Sometimes, we lunge before riding. Just to get some extra spunk out, so pent up energy doesn't annoy me for the rest of the schooling session. It also depends on her mood. I can tell when we're tacking up what kind of horse I'm going to have that day.

Firstly, we walk. I hate it when I get on a horse and the first thing they do is get jiggy and want to trot off with you. I will force my horse to walk a lap or two, backing every time she tries to speed up. Because she's a pain and I like for her to suffer.

Than we gait slowly down the long sides of the arena. Lengthen and shorten her stride. Transition from walk to gait to halt and back down. Afterwards, we do some circles, spirals, square turns, and more circles. Circles are love.

After this, we must top it off with some cantering. Even when I'm not planning on working the canter a lot, she has to canter if she's going to gait well. Not sure why, but it does a lot of good. After a few laps of cantering, we're done and warmed up.
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    01-15-2012, 01:12 AM
  #5
Banned
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Originally Posted by SRCM16    
I've heard stretching before warming up can cause problems; that's why I don't do it but maybe someone on here (or you) can correct me?

Anyway you sound like the rest of my family.
It's nothing extreme, I just have Indie stretch her front and back legs and help her work the kinks out of her left side (it's her stiffer side), I've never had a problem with it, in fact she gets this "oh yeahhh" kind of look after a nice stretch
     
    01-15-2012, 01:18 AM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
It also depends on her mood. I can tell when we're tacking up what kind of horse I'm going to have that day.

Firstly, we walk. I hate it when I get on a horse and the first thing they do is get jiggy and want to trot off with you. I will force my horse to walk a lap or two, backing every time she tries to speed up. Because she's a pain and I like for her to suffer.

Circles are love.
Gotta love mares and their several moods. Lol. I tell if we're going to have a good day by how well she ground ties, and if I have to cross tie her and she jigs while cross tied.. well that means we're going to have a while of lunging before tacking up.

I know! Its like really?! Why do you WANT to work when we could just be walking around the ring in a calm manner. Mare was like that in the beginning, after backing for half an hour a couple of times she figured it out. Lol. We got a good back up out of it though!

Died of laughter when I read that! (Circles are love.) That's my motto too!
     
    01-15-2012, 01:20 AM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Tianimalz    
It's nothing extreme, I just have Indie stretch her front and back legs and help her work the kinks out of her left side (it's her stiffer side), I've never had a problem with it, in fact she gets this "oh yeahhh" kind of look after a nice stretch
I'll have to try it on my boys & girls tomorrow. I have a feeling my barrel horse (she gets really stiff in the cold weather) will make that expression. :p
     
    01-15-2012, 01:20 AM
  #8
Weanling
I don't really have a set schedule... If he's limber and ready to go the second we move off, then by all means, lets begin! If not, I'm willing to take the extra time to get to that point.
     
    01-15-2012, 01:41 AM
  #9
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SRCM16    
Gotta love mares and their several moods. Lol. I tell if we're going to have a good day by how well she ground ties, and if I have to cross tie her and she jigs while cross tied.. well that means we're going to have a while of lunging before tacking up.


That's exactly how I tell! How tell she ties. If she swings her butt around and has her head up and eyes wide like a llama on crack, it's going to be a lunging day. If she paws, God help me.

If she holds her head low and looks sleepy eyed and relaxed, it's going to be an easy, non-lunging kind of day. Occasionally, she's inbetween. She doesn't swing around, but is alert. These are good days for schooling, because she has the drive and energy to work but the self control to wait for commands.
     

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