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It's important to warm up a horse's muscles to get it ready to ride, and time must be taken to ensure that the horse is walked properly. Let a horse walk on a nice, long rein when warming him or her up with helpful advice in this video on horse training and dressage.
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So when I like to get on my horse and warm up, it is very important to let him warm up his muscles. He has been in his stall for 22, 23 hours of the day, so I like to take my time and really let him warm up. He is an athlete, so just like we are, we wouldn't go into a gym and expect our horses to be, or expect ourselves to be running a marathon without warming up our muscles properly. So it is very important to get on, take the time, have the time to really let your horse walk around, warm his muscles up, let yourself warm up properly and take that time to do that. So I make sure that I have plenty of time to ride. If I am short on time, either I will pick a different time of the day or I may not even ride that day because I want to make sure that I am 100% focused on my horse and taking the proper time to do that. So I just come out. I let him walk on a nice long rein. If he is a little bit fresh one day of course I would pick my reins up a little bit and not let him go totally on the buckle but I would like to take about ten, ten to fifteen minutes of just walking around a little bit. And he is a little fresh today, because it is a little windy.