A lot of people say that a competition is won and lost in the warm up. A good warm up is an opportunity to get your horse working loosely and listening to your aids.
I try to start warming up when there are roughly 15 horses before me. I like to work on the flat for a good 10 minutes just so Barns can familiarise himself with what’s around. I test Iv got breaks, that he will move off my leg and that he will listen to that little half halt when needed💁🏼♀️
When there are about 6 horses to jump I will pop him over a fence. Now, I struggle here to figure out how much is too much! I start off with a cross pole in trot that I jump once on both reins.
I then get a nice uphill canter and jump an upright with the ground line pulled out about 2ft. Again I only Jump this once of both Reina no matter what the outcome.
I then try to collect my canter back and jump a spread of the height or a few cm bigger than what is in the ring ☺️
Then it’s time for a walk off, refresh myself of the course and focus. 💁🏼♀️💁🏼♀️🤩