Haley Peak Western | 63 Questions | 5 Answers

How do you guys get your horse warmed up for a show?

How do you guys get your horse warmed up for a show?
For dressage, I do lots of relaxation, stretching etc. I walk on a long rein and stretch until my horse feels relaxed and then I keep the same contact (long and stretching) in the trot and canter. I also do transitions whilst stretching. I start bringing them ‘together’ when they feel comfortable and start doing slightly harder transitions (canter, walk, canter, halt, canter and reinback to canter) and lots of lateral work. I run through parts of the test but I don’t ride through the whole test (no reason why, I just don’t!). But I think you’ve just got to find what’s right for you and your horse as it’s taken me a while to find what works for my horse . I warm up for about half an hour. Sorry I’ve gone on for a bit!
For jumping I would do good transitions as it keeps them willing for the jump

Jumping- 5 min walk 5 min trot canter each rein 1 jump over upright one jump over oxor or until they listen and take off on correct stride
Dressage-5min walk 5min trot canter each rein quick run though of test
Depends what show, for dressage I walk on a loose reign for a while then do lots of trotting, starting off slower and the as my horse warms up letting her increase the trot a bit, I often do shoulder in, leg yields and count shoulder in to get her listening to my leg aids. I'll only do a couple of canter circles each way and then work on transitions from walk to trot and then often she's ready to go in.
I walk a few laps, trot for 5~8 min, canter for like a min and go over some cross rails and verticals.
Lunge :)
Lunge for a few minutes and walk in one direction , then the other and do the same with a trot and canter
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