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What's Your Daily Riding Routine?
Hello, I got a new horse about two months ago and wanted to start this thread. I have been training him with the help of my instructor and he has progressed immensely. However, I always wonder what others do to "warm-up" and what their daily riding routine was like. So I decided to start this thread asking people what their routines are and hopefully getting some good ideas to consider, especially for green horses. For example, my daily routine when riding is to walk around the ring once in each direction(2-3 times each in the winter) then trot 2-3 times around in each direction cutting through the center each time and changing direction. Then I do a figure 8 at a walk and trot about 5-7 times and then doing serpentines at the walk and trot about 5 times. As for cantering, he is really green and needs a lot of work apparently... So I haven't started cantering around the ring yet, so I get in a circle and canter about 3-4 times around, then back to a trot, then back into the canter about 2 times around, then down to walk and up into a canter about 3 times around and then walk and switch directions and repeat the same process (remember, I do all of this in a circle). We haven't started jumping yet soooo theres none of that yet. So then I cool down. This was just an example of what I do, I would be really interested in seeing what others do so be sure to write! I look forward to reading all of your posts! Thanx!:D
I totally forgot to mention that when I trot around the entire ring while cutting through the center, I also incorporate the sitting trot as well lol. So I walk,sitting trot,posting trot, and canter. Thanx for posting!
I don't have a routine per se. My horse isn't green and I've only had him 4 months. In our warm up we might go in loops circles many changes of direction at a walk with halts included. We are working on steering from the seat/leg so always on loose rein. Working on quality of gait, not just wandering. He tends to be behind the leg so I need to have him pay attention and move forward. Once we've been moving well for about 10 minutes we go into posting trot. I don't sit trot until he's rounding up and relaxed and warmed up. Straight lines, bending, spirals, serpentines. In about the middle of our ride I will then spend time on things I'm working on for myself, like one foot out of the stirrup and posting trot in circles; no stirrups, etc. Then I go back to things we're working on like shoulder fore and leg yields. I like those circles where you don't have the circle in the same location but move down the long side of the arena. I try not to do endless circling. Working on collected canter right now. Total time about 1 hour or so.
We have a lesson once or twice a week, the other days we trail ride; do inhand stuff in the arena, groundwork in the arena or the round pen, go walkabout or any combination of the above.
My filly is two, so we do 95 percent groundwork and 5 percent backing - I don't say riding because all I am doing at this point is getting on her, asking her to give laterally and vertically, ask her to walk off and then use my body, seat and legs to guide her around cones. We then whoa, back a few steps, then I get off - and that takes about ten minutes.
My groundwork I mix up - a few days a week we ground drive, practicing going over poles, backing, turning both ways and moving at the walk, jog and canter.
A few days a week we work at bitting up on the lunge ... she always wears her bridle that has a french link snaffle, but on these days I thread the reins through a training fork and let the fork apply a little pressure - then we walk, trot, and canter using a 50 foot lunge with me walking alongside so the circles are very large - I work on a lot of transitions, walk to trot, trot to canter, canter to walk - she is getting much better on her voice cues, which will help immensely when we progress to undersaddle work next year.
I started ponying her on the road today, and will include this in our weekly sessions as often as weather allows- it lets her experience new things and my pony mare, Whiskey, is pretty level headed so good associations there.
And I always do at least 5 minutes of showmanship, sometimes up to 10 minutes, working on correct pivots and improving her set up time.
I don't usually have a "daily" riding routine either. We trail ride and most times we just saddle up, trailer them and then ride. If we ride from home here I will lunge her for a few minutes just so I can tighten her cinch up otherwise I have to stop and do it once we get going.
I have a 3yr. that we just started under saddle, he's great at the ground work which he's been doing since he was few weeks old (just short 5 mins. of backing, ect.), now when I work with him he does his ground work, I ride him for maybe 10 mins. in the round pen......so far just at a walk. Now that we have snow here for the winter he will probably have the time off till spring, it's just too slippery in the round pen to try to work with him.....
Indie's warm up is pretty varied, although usually we do the same things each time.
I often start out with walking her at a forward pace for a few laps.. following up with ten lateral flexions each way. Then I do one lap each way of backing up at every letter, which helps a lot with loosening her up and getting her to stretch out. We do lots of circles, some three loop serpentines.. turns on the haunches/forehands and leg yields. I add in trot work after we've done everything at the trot. I usually don't do any cantering until we're twenty minutes into our ride.
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Depends on what we're doing that day really. If we're "working" i'm there at four am, and we start with some bending, side-passing, and yielding of the fore and hind, all at a walk and in frame. then we move on to the trot, figure eights, serpentines, extending, collecting, ground poles, etc, all in frame. Then we move on to the canter. right now we just work on our speed, c/t, t/c, w/c, c/w transitions, simple and flying changes, and nice even circles, nothing in frame as shes still not really balanced on the lunge at the canter in frame, so i dont want to push her. but, then we move on to jumping. right now we're back to 2ft lines and gymnastics because shes been off of jumping and has gone back to rushing her fences. after a little bit of that, we cool down with some tricks. we do some work on the box, (working on keeping all four feet in while we spin) some work with our spanish walk, or we'll drag a tire or the golf cart or a log around for a little bit. (we use Annie to pull out stuck four wheelers that the trucks cant get to when we go out mudding). i usually get on at about 4:45, and i'm off by six.
if its a weekend, we just tack up and go exploring. whatever we get into is what we do. be it tromping through some woods or swamp or racing the little cracker horses across vistaview. :)
Wow I loved everyone's post thanx for posting
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