Importance of your physical condition is one of the main things to improve your riding skills. After all, horseback riding is a sport and Equestrian is an athlete, with the same demands as at any other sports.
So on your way to being a better rider what come the first stretching or warming up?
During a horseback riding, we can all go from zero to hero and push hard, but the safe way to train is to bring the body’s temperature up slowly and loosen up the muscles before we get to do anything serious.
That’s what warm-ups are designed to do.
Stretching, on the other hand, is done to improve overall flexibility. Once muscles have worked, they are at their most compliant state, and they let us stretch further than we usually would gaining more ground while we are at it.
Give your self a few minutes to warm up before jumping into the saddle, that will help you move more freely with the horse, lessen the possibility of injury and lower the odds of being sore afterward.
And after all we not so different from our horses, the same riding school scheme working just fine: walk, breath, trot, canter, trot, walk, long reins and stretch 🙂
And our training line allowed you to perform and feel comfortable prior, during, and after riding.
PS. Short on time? Just warm up. On days when you don’t have time for a 20- to 30-minute warm-up and a practice session, don’t short the warm-up. Instead, use it as your saddle time for that day. You’ll keep your horse tuned up and avoid the risk of injury—so you can ride again tomorrow.