Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
With my guy Nelson, since he's 21 I take the effort to ensure that our warmup's are effective for 20 minutes.
I do alot of walk work first, starting out on a loose rein asking Nelson to stretch down and track up and lift his back up. Even at a loose rein, my horse still works.
Then I start to shorten my reins and start doing 20 meter circles, serpentines, , shoulder in's, shoulder out's, half passes. When his muscles have warmed up, and stretched, we move into trot work and work on our transitions from walk to trot, trot to walk.
Keeping his back lifted and tracking up and getting him to stretch into contact.
I always work both ways, what you do on one side, you must do on the other.
Then Canter work is incorporated, primarily transition work. Upward and downward.
Then I leave it at that. I'll take him out on a hack aftarwards at the walk.
When we are out hacking, I do alot of sets for conditioning, ensuring that he is using himself properly - and me. When you are riding, you must be working just as much as your horse, you as the rider must be doing your part of the work load.
So I work on my position, ensuring that I am correct *try to at least, hard when you don't have eyes on the ground helping you* I work on my two point, my three point, and making sure my core is activated.