I am often asked the best way to warm up your horse for the training session ahead and this is something that I used to struggle with myself. Exactly what is it I am trying to achieve, and how?
I have a number of routines that I use depending on the horse and what sort of work is planned but nine times out of ten I follow the same path, which not only helps me ensure that I am warming up my horse correctly but also helps to settle my horse if she is in a different environment. Doing the same old warm up routine she does every session at home is familiar and well within her comfort zone (and mine!)
The other benefit is that when you are used to a specific routine you can become very proficient at it and can make adjustments to get you back on track if and when required in a strange environment, like at a competition.