WORKOUT TIME
Shelby (Boisjoli) Meged’s Warm-Up Routine

A good warm-up routine helps your horse focus and decreases the risk of injury.

"The warm-up is very important for making sure your horse is listening to you."

Shelby (Boisjoli) Meged rides the best breakaway horses in the game, and their warm-up is a critical part of their success. Borrow her routine to get your horses prepped—physically and mentally—before you back into the box. Watch the full video on Roping.com.

“Horses look to us for guidance; they look to us to tell them it’s going to be okay,” Meged says. “The warm-up is very important for making sure your horse is listening to you and relying on you to tell him where to go. That’s going to help a lot with scoring your horse in the box and just having his trust the whole time.”

Small Circles

Shelby (Boisjoli) Meged riding a circle as part of her warm-up routine for breakaway horses
Watch the full video.

“I start with trotting some small circles. I’ll wiggle my pinky finger and I want my horse to tilt his head off the movement of that pinky, nice and soft. And I’ll go both ways. This helps to stretch their neck out as well. Make sure your horse is able to move both ways and feeling good.”

Halt and Back

Shelby (Boisjoli) Meged backing up her horse as part of her warm-up routine for breakaway horses
Watch the full video.

“Then I’ll practice the stop—one time—to make sure the horse is listening to my seat. I always back up after I stop my horse. It helps them get their hind end underneath them and to always think ‘come backward.’ That helps pop the rope.”

When to Stop

Watch the full video.

“Some horses take more warming up than others. I think an adequate amount of time to warm up is until your horse is soft and listening to you and you feel like he is ready to do his job without hurting himself.”

Horsemanship videos we think you’ll like, hand-picked by BRJ editors:

CATEGORIES
TAGS
SHARE THIS ARTICLE
RELATED ARTICLES
Hope-Thompson-ARV-0400-scaled
Breakaway basics
Breakaway Roping for Beginners: Start With These 5 Lessons
Rylee George spills her secrets on nailing the long scores at rodeos such at Guymon Pioneer days.
Loooooong score
Rylee George's 3 Tips for Breakaway Long Score Success
Sarah Angelone and Danielle Lowman stand next to a rack of breakaway bits
Bits on bits
3 of Sarah Angelone's Top Breakaway Bits
Danielle Lowman trotting buckskin horse in a circle
Breaaaathe
Breakaway Troubleshooting: My Horse is Too Hot in the Box
Sarah Angelone leaves the box during the breakaway roping at the BFI.
Feast your eyes on the BFI
How to Watch Breakaway at the 2024 BFI
The 2024 American Rodeo breakaway roping lineup includes five contender tournament ropers and five ladies invited based on their world standings position.
Chance at $1 Million
How to Watch the 2024 American Rodeo Plus Competitors, Draw and More
GET UPDATES

"*" indicates required fields

Name*
Country*

Additional Offers

Additional Offers
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.