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post #11 of 14 Old 07-29-2013, 10:01 AM
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How I warm up depends what horse I am riding and what I am doing for the day.

I've got a 2-yr-old with about 12 rides on him so far. He gets a good 10 minutes or longer on the lunge line working on stopping and turning and paying attention to me. Before I mount up, I'm checking that he will flex both way and back up freely. Once he "earns it", I don't even bother with lunging.

For my 7-yr-old, I never lunge him. If we are going out on the trails (90% of our riding), I mount up and off we go. I typically ride him about 5 miles each ride. So I will walk him for 1 mile to "warm up" and also at some point during that first mile, do some bending and circles both directions when I have a safe area with good ground to do it.

If we are going to do arena work (once or twice a week), I will walk the perimeter of the arena in both directions, and then walk some circles in both directions. Then trot circles in both directions; then lope. That's our warm up, and then I start working specifically on what I want to work on that day.

At a barrel race, I kinda follow that. Walk circles, trot circles, lope circles. Bend in both directions. Follow leg cues in both directions. Sidepass. Rollback, etc. Just get him attentive and listening.

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post #12 of 14 Old 07-30-2013, 06:04 PM
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I show in cutting - our warm up is pretty basic, but our horses have to be pretty warm before we start working cows as to not injure themselves. I usually long trot for about 5-10 minutes, and then lope for about 15 minutes, alternating directions around the arena. On show days, we lope even longer. These horses are in great shape, and don't tire easy. I do some backing up, and rollbacks, but not too much schooling before we practice.
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post #13 of 14 Old 07-31-2013, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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I need to get trigs endurance up! He tickers out fast I feel like.
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post #14 of 14 Old 07-31-2013, 06:26 AM
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How do I arm up? A nice cozy fire and snuggle with the wife!

How do I warm up the horse? Well, we trail ride, so we walk for a little bit before trotting or loping. My wife had tried lunging her horse before riding but that would just fire him up and really make him a handful.
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