ANSC311-Warming up & cooling down

ANSC311-Warming up & cooling down - brisk jog the final...

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Maddi Williams Warming Up and Cooling Down Many riders often over look the simple exercises when riding a horse. Two important practices that should not be overlooked are warming up and cooling down. The warm up and cool down process is just as essential for a horse as it is for a person. Warming up allows a gradual increase in the horses body temperature, so the shock of exercise does not cause injury. It will also aid in focusing the mind for the work ahead. The Warm up time allows the horse and rider to mentally “hook up”. There are a few different ways to warm up a horse before exercise or training begins. When a rider first mounts their horse the session should start with walking around and letting the horse see it’s surroundings. The next step is a jog, during the jog it is important to be aware of how the horse moves. Jogging is a good time to feel for any lameness or soreness. After a
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Unformatted text preview: brisk jog, the final step is to supple the horse and flex all body parts. This should be done in stages beginning at a walk, jog, then moving to a lope. A rider should have complete control of all body parts, warm up provides an excellent time to practice this. A crucial stage of a ride is the end, during cool down. The cool down helps the body readjust it's internal physical controls, and reduces the risk of injury which can occur when you abruptly stop exercising. The cool down is a gradual progression from the lope, jog, then to the walk. By the end of the cool down, a horse’s pulse and respiration rate should return to near normal levels. A ride should end on a good, calm note. This will keep the horse wanting and looking for more....
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ANSC 311 taught by Professor Cavender during the Spring '07 term at Texas A&M.

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