How to give your horse a proper winter warm up.

 

If you are lucky enough to have tolerable wintertime temperatures, you are probably lucky enough to be able to ride! But cold weather can mean a stiff horse and the cold weather friskies, which can lead to injuries, for you and your horse. So, the warm-up process can start long before you make it to the mounting block. Here are some tips for you!

 

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  • Make sure your horse is warm in his fur or a blanket before you begin!

 

  • If you need to remove a blanket in order to groom him, use a heavy cooler in its place. You can peel back areas, groom, and cover up again. This is important if your horse is clipped. No one wants to get naked and then run outside where it’s bitter cold.

 

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BBBRRRRRR

 

  • Speaking of grooming, take your time and really get the curry comb going. This warms you up and gets the circulation going to your horse’s muscles!

 

  • Leave your saddle pad in a warm area before you put it on your horse if you can.

 

 

  • Use a cooler or quarter sheet as your mounted warm-up progresses. This keeps your horse’s major muscles covered, and it also covers your legs. (Bonus!)

 

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Quarter sheets are the best

 

  • Lengthen the amount of time you spend walking around before getting to work. You may want to hand walk for a bit or take a long trail ride as part of your warm-up routine.

 

  • Keep your cooler or quarter sheet handy as you hack around to cool down, also.

 

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Thick wool coolers work wonders.

 

Some other things to consider during the winter, and really anytime, but especially in the winter:

 

  • Letting your horse buck it out on the lunge line is never a good idea. You end up with a horse that doesn’t listen and has an increased chance of injuries due to a lack of proper warm up.

 

 

  • Don’t forget to listen to your horse.

How do you warm up your horse in the winter?

 

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