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        11-23-2012, 01:38 PM
      #11
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    My usual routine with my gelding is to walk a lap or two each way to warm up, also incorporating circles and changes of direction. Then we'll do a posting trot around the arena to loosen up more. When I feel him starting to relax I'll do some bending stuff and circles and lots of changes of direction to keep him on his toes. Then I'll walk again for a bit. Then sometimes I'll trot more, sometimes I'll canter. I'll canter each way for a bit, then do more trotting. Also in there I'll do some stuff for me, like two point, sitting, alternating between posting/two point...towards the end I always work on newer stuff, which for my horse is bending, moving laterally, turn on hindquarters/forehand. When I cool him out I always put him on a loose rein and neck rein him; it''s a great way to let him relax but still be working on something too. I'll end within either a certain bend, flexing at a standstill, or backing up.
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        11-23-2012, 01:40 PM
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    Weanling
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    My usual routine with my gelding is to walk a lap or two each way to warm up, also incorporating circles and changes of direction. Then we'll do a posting trot around the arena to loosen up more. When I feel him starting to relax I'll do some bending stuff and circles and lots of changes of direction to keep him on his toes. Then I'll walk again for a bit. Then sometimes I'll trot more, sometimes I'll canter. I'll canter each way for a bit, then do more trotting. Also in there I'll do some stuff for me, like two point, sitting, alternating between posting/two point...towards the end I always work on newer stuff, which for my horse is bending, moving laterally, turn on hindquarters/forehand. When I cool him out I always put him on a loose rein and neck rein him; it''s a great way to let him relax but still be working on something too. I'll end within either a certain bend, flexing at a standstill, or backing up.
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    Cool!! Thanx for replying!
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        11-23-2012, 01:59 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    My routine depends on what kind of day it is.

    Sometimes, I just lunge for 15-20 minutes. I start out at a walk in a large circle (I have a LONG lunge line!) for five minutes. Change directions. Never go the same way for more than five rounds. Afterwords I speed up into a flat walk (I have a gaited horse) and do that until it's long and lose. Then we proceed to trot for the last 5-10 minutes.

    On trail workout days, it's pretty simple. I walk for the first 10 minutes, trot for 10 minutes, walk for 10, and then canter for 10. After that, it's all whatever. I might trot for 60+ minutes, do some sprints, or just walk the rest of the time if I'm feeling lazy.

    On arena days, I either lunge for 10 minutes OR walk for 10 and trot for 10. After that, I might jump, do grids, trot poles, or do "dressage".

    My cool downs are always the same. Trot on a loose rein until she's relaxed and then walk until her heart rate is back to normal and she isn't panting.

    Other days are ground work/trail obstacle days. I don't really warm up for those since all I do is walk. We work on sidepassing, backing, turns on forehand/haunches, desensitizing, liberty, and anything else I feel like doing.

    That's a typical sort of week for me.
         
        11-23-2012, 02:27 PM
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    Weanling
    Wow!!! Must be a great week? What is liberty?
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        11-23-2012, 09:14 PM
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    Green Broke
    Ground work without a halter. Teaches me not to rely on the head so much. Like when I use to ask for a turn on the forehand, I would bend her head around when I asked her to step over. That isn't truly isolating the hindquarters. Taking away that halter really shows the quality of your groundwork! You should be able to do everything without one. I can't, of course. But I can do a couple things without it and am working towards more doing more.
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        11-23-2012, 09:16 PM
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    Weanling
    Oh ok, thanx!!
         
        11-23-2012, 09:33 PM
      #17
    Showing
    Depends on which horse I'm on and what the goals are for each one. Rides can be anywhere from 15 minutes to ?however long it takes to get a good effort at whatever we are working on.

    It can vary from first rides, extremely green (first few rides green) nothing but flexing, accepting leg, walking, stopping and backing. I ground drive first so they have a decent concept of steering and bit communication before I ride them. In betweeners are things like working on collection, fine tuning neck reining, lead departures, etc. The finished horses are just conditioning rides. Those are my favorites, it's nice to not have to do any real work lol.
         
        11-23-2012, 09:47 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Sounds cool guys!!!! Thanx for posting
         
        11-24-2012, 03:07 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    I do a quick review of what the horse already knows. Ground work first, usually things like yeilding the HQ, backing, yeilding the FQ then I do some sending and circle on the long line, with turns, stops and changes of speed. I can see how he moves, what kind of mood he is in and check for any lameness.
    If all is well, I mount up and start off slow, walking, stopping, backing, a little more speed, such as a fast walk or slow trot/gait, and several changes of direction. If the horse knows sidepassing, yeilding FQ or HQ under saddle, I do a bit of that. In general it is just a quick review of things the horse already knows.
    After we work through that, I move on to the newer stuff I am working on with that horse. After lessons we, just do a nice relaxed walk out. Then I tie the horse up for about 30 minutes and let him think about his lesson before I unsaddle him. I am aiming for a calm relaxed, happy horse that enjoys lesson time. Not one that is anxious, frightened or angry.
    I have no time limits. Some days when things are going well we have a longer lesson and on other days, when things are not so good such as when wind is howling, the neighbors dog barking, the tractor is cleaning out the barn, etc. I can tell my horse is having a hard time focusing on the lesson and I make the lesson easier and shorter.
         
        11-24-2012, 10:22 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    @G8tdH0rse- that sounds great. I bet your horses are fast learners ;)
    Thanx for you input!!
         

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