Cavaletti Training: The appropriate equipment, correct set up and walk exercises



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Cavaletti training helps not only with the systematic gymnasticizing of the horse but also develops his strength, balance, agility and co-ordination. Ingrid Klimke explains in this video what materials are best, how to avoid dangerous situations and how the walk cavaletti exercises can be started.

At the beginning, it is sufficient to quietly walk over a single cavaletti with the reins as long as possible. More cavaletti can be added step by step. The goal is an active and relaxed walk with a nice long relaxed neck.  The cavaletti exercise with “steps in between” teaches the horse to regulate his walk, watch where he puts his feet and concentrate on the job at hand.

More advanced horse and rider combinations can integrate trot-walk as well as canter-walk transitions into their cavaletti training; shortly before the cavaletti a controlled downward transition and then afterward trot or canter on. Cavalettis are also very helpful for improving the collected walk, such as the one Ingrid rides; an exercise combining walk cavaletti with the walk pirouettes.

Further videos in this series:

Cavaletti exercises in trot: improve rhythm, activity, cadence and tracking up
Cavaletti exercises in canter: improve thoroughness and collection
Cavaletti exercises in canter: turning, distances and gymnastic grids

You will learn in this video:

  • Why cavaletti training is beneficial for the schooling of the horse
  • The correct distances between the cavaletti for walk, trot, and canter
  • The best way to ride a distracted horse through the cavaletti in walk

Ingrid Klimke

She is an Olympic Gold Medallist and World Champion and is following in the footsteps of her famous father, dressage legend Reiner Klimke. Ingrid Klimke is one of the few professional riders in the world that is successful at an international level in both eventing as well as dressage.

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