Cavaletti exercises in trot: improve rhythm, activity, cadence and tracking up



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Simply trotting over four poles? The cavaletti work in trot offers various exercises possibilities and is a very effective preparation for certain movements. With an inexperienced horse, we begin with one trot pole, guiding rails and an experienced horse for him to follow. The number of cavaletti is slowly increased as the horse trots over them confidently and in a relaxed manner.

With cavaletti on a curved line, it is especially important that the rider concentrates on riding over the middle of each pole and renews the bend and flexion as needed. Depending on how far the horse is trained one can sit to the trot or rise. Combined exercises in a group encourage variety and can, for example, be set up as a serpentine over cavaletti or trot cavaletti with a stride in between.

Ingrid Klimke also explains in this video how you can lunge an inexperienced horse over cavaletti, how to set up the exercises and what you need to be aware of. The “figure of eight on a circle” exercise is one of the best exercises for thoroughness. It improves the elasticity of the horse on both sides and is an optimal preparation for riding lateral movements.

You will learn in this video:

  • How you can use cavalettis for your exercises in trot
  • How to improve the medium trot of a horse that is not naturally talented or goes wide behind
  • What to concentrate on when riding in a figure of eight over 2 sets of cavaletti

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