April 16, 2021 4 min read
Hello, my name is Kayley Knollman. I am a 15 year old USDF Bronze Medalist, FEI Junior, and one of Zarasyl’s Sponsored Riders. As an avid competitor and passionate rider, I enjoy learning and sharing as many strategies, techniques, and exercises to further my riding abilities. One of my favorite topics to practice that is also of great importance is the warm up strategy/routine. This is a very important piece to every ride, no matter the level of the horse or rider that is widely under-represented. With my experience riding lots of different types of horses, from lazy to hyper, strong to soft, and many more, it is important to develop a routine that works and is specific to you and your horse. Below, I will share with you some of my favorite warm up exercises and strategies for a variety of steeds.
Once you feel that your horse has been properly warmed up and is going forward into the connection, over the back, and from the hind legs, you can move on to the collected work. I always find that with an effective warmup, the horse is more prepared and easier to move into whatever you may be working on at your stage in training. Again, there are many different kinds of horses who may be a mixture of some, all, or none of the four types listed above. However, it is still just as important to have an effective and regular warmup routine that works for both you and your horse. Thank you for reading this blog post and I hope that you will be able to utilize some of these tips during your next ride!