What is a proper warm up?
Simple question but judging by barnmates' answers loaded with many answers!
It's cold. What is the proper warm up for a young horse?
At the risk of drawing ire, I confess that I get on, walk a couple of laps on zero contact, canter a bit on zero contact and once horse is moving its time to transition to real 'work' at the trot etc. in contact. I feel this routine gets him 'thinking forward' and more willing to then do proper work instead of me having to push/nag him into it.
Others I've observed do the walk in contact, then trot in contact and off they go to work on whatever they decide.
Am I dooming myself to failure and publicly revealing myself as lazy? What do you all do to get your horse ready for work?