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
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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.> more
The 5-year-old Saint Ledger has only just started his basic training. In this lesson, we concentrate on familiarising him to the rider’s aids and despite being in an unfamiliar environment, relaxing in his body and mind.
Duration: 09:08 Minutes
Philippe Karl gives us not only a theoretical understanding but also explains how to put this into practice, today teaching a horse the canter transitions. He uses various arena figures and lateral work to help the horse. It is interesting to watch how the French Master teaches the flying changes, from working canter to counter canter on a circle. A high degree of collection is necessary before commencing the canter pirouettes.
Duration: 21:19 Minutes
Those who wish to understand the philosophy of Philippe Karl and his School of Légèreté should firstly understand the theoretical aspects behind it. The foundation of his teachings is harmony and balance between horse and rider. The effectiveness of the rider plays a deciding role on the journey their training takes.
Duration: 10:59 Minutes
This series allows you to watch as Olympic medallist, Ingrid Klimke, trains the young dressage gelding “Just Paul” over two years. Even though the training conditions were not optimal today, this provides an opportunity to get the young horse used to a new situation. Watch how Ingrid does it!
Duration: 10:07 Minutes
Once the basics of rhythm and suppleness have been established it is time to work on contact, as the next phase of the training. A steady contact should consist of a soft connection between the hands of the rider and the mouth of the horse. Pulling the head is never the solution. The movement should come from behind resulting in a horse that comes through the body to the bit and hands.
Duration: 16:26 Minutes