Who does this?
Ok. So I like to warm up my horse ALOT! He works better for it.
I can yeild, counter arc, three levels of trot, jog spirals, trot spirals etc. I also do haunches in and he does that great, however I am going to try shoulder fore today....I find it difficult, but will try! I'm curious, what do other reining riders do to warm up? And do you practice haunches in/out and shoulder fore? Not just neck cranked to the the side! Lol!
I'm not really an official reiner, LOL, but I do have my horse with a reining trainer right now.
During our discussion during my one lesson I have had so far with her (while my horse is under her care), she talked about how sometimes before she competed, she'd sometimes have to lope a horse in circles for 45 minutes until they were soft and where she wanted them.
So I would imagine that if you get 10 different people to answer this thread, you are going to get 10 different answers. Because everyone has their own personal preferenances, and each horse is so unique in what they need to warm up and be ready.
However I don't imagine that any reiner warming up their horse is going to crank their neck to the side ..... that just doesn't sound right.
Haunches in/out is really a result of what your legs are doing as much as your hands...more probably. My daughter's mare wraps around her leg so nicely that she can do a lot of that without using her reins. As for warm up goes...she needs a lot of loping, not for wearing her out, but to get her thinking about rating. She does a lot of different sized circles, and speeds. Her horse is an anticipator, and after practicing a pattern for a while, her horse will actually try to run the pattern on her own so her warm up consists of lots of listening exercises. She NEVER practices the pattern the day of the show. At the last show, I noticed a lot of loping, lots of stopping, lots of spins. Each person had their own little routine.
Hmmm, I've heard of the "bad" western pleasure riders who'll crank their horses heads into the wall. The thought didn't occur that some reiners would do it too. I suppose, though.
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