Levi Hunt shares some tips for a beneficial warm up of a ridden horse. Whether you are a competitive rider, or train at home, focused on jumping or dressage, the basic principles are universal. Much of the work we ask horses to do is strenuous on muscles and limbs. An effective warmup can improve performance, maintain healthy supple muscles and keep ontop of straightness. Generally, stretching should dominate your warmup, allowing all muscle groups to elasticate before the collection and shorter position is required. A free walk for a few minutes allows the horse to settle under the rider. Stretching...

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