HOW TO WARM UP HORSE
Every horses being tense is simply part of their DNA. For this reason, there is every chance they will be this way well into old age.
Event rider and coach Victoria Bax specialises in training ex-racehorses. Over the years, Victoria has developed a schooling system that works every time.
Victoria says, “The key to owning a tense horse is having a good relationship. He needs to learn to trust you, so be prepared to develop a consistent approach.”
Start with the warm up
if your horse is the tense or hot type, it is important to spend lots of time warming up. All answers soon.
- Once settled in the saddle, calmly ask your horse to walk on while giving him a longer (but not loose) rein.
- Go large around the school allowing him to take in the surroundings without interfering. Stay nice and relaxed yourself – any tension will transfer to your horse.
- Ride your horse into large rings without any pressure. If you draw small circles for a very short time, there is a possibility of stress. Make it easy for him.
- Keep walking and just take the reins when you start to rest. Listen as you take a deep breath and watch your ears soften. When you start making connections, grab the reins – just gather some.
Perseverance pays off
You have to move slowly with a taut horse, but your patience is worth it. If you place all the foundations at the beginning of each foundation, it will work better..
- Keep things in touch, keeping things slow and stable. You have not yet made full contact at this point.Wait and be ready.
- Now, when you get to a corner, ask your horse to turn around, turn its head, neck and body. Use your inner leg and an open inner knee to help.
- If he accepts our direction at the corners, go to trot, slow down more slowly. Take the eight big figures and try to calm down about the change of direction.
- To avoid rushing, load the desired rhythm from the lance – your horse changes the match speed.
- Ride a series of large circles in different parts of the arena.
- If your horse feels ready, you can continue working at the central pressure and start working at the center. You should use simple transitions to help interact.
Go to the neck strap – it allows you to wear something without having to hold your horse’s mouth, and it also helps you stay in touch.