#5 Try to activate the haunches
If you have the basic principles under control during the warm-up, gradually you can start to activate the hind legs of your horse.
For example, think of exercises like laterals in walk or a transition to trot in shoulder-in, etc.
Leg yielding is also a very good exercise to get the horse more supple and loose over the topline.
#6 Transition your warming up into the training
It might be needless to say that you shouldn’t skip the warm-up.
However, it’s vital that you don’t see the warm-up and training as separate things. In fact, the warm-up transfers into the rest of the training.
For one rider this means establishing the three basic principles.
And for the other rider, it means working on positively influencing the balance and collecting their horse.
However, you’ll never start doing something completely different after the warm-up, but more like picking up where you left at the warm-up.
#7 Plan your breaks at the right time
When do you give your horse the first break after you started your warm-up?
If it’s still a challenge to find a nice connection, it would be a shame to give your horse long rein at the moment you almost accomplish this connection.
You would rather want to ride on a few more rounds, in order to establish this connection a little bit better before giving your horse a break.
So keep this in mind during your warm-up.