Cavaletti exercises in canter: improve thoroughness and collection 2016-06-06T00:00:00+02:00

Just as with the cavaletti exercises in trot, the difficulty in canter is increased gradually. The first goal is a straight in-out row, with the horse active but quiet and relaxed. This video has a choice of many different combinations and exercises, which from this foundation, can be further developed and have a noticeably positive effect on the training of your horse.

Smoother and more subtle trot-canter transitions can be achieved with two trot cavaletti and two canter cavaletti set up on a circle. The horse should travel over them in an active yet relaxed manner. The precision of the transitions can be adjusted according to the horse’s level of training.

The connection between collected movements and the cavaletti exercises in canter makes it ideal for dressage horses. Ingrid combines spiraling the circle smaller with a little travers with a shorter than normal distance in-out row as preparation for the canter pirouettes. The figure of eight on a circle is very good at helping the horse work through his entire body. The variation with the flying change in the middle of the eight challenges the concentration of the rider as well as the suppleness of the horse.

You will learn in this video:

  • How to ride a serpentine in canter with a change of lead over each cavaletti
  • How to ride exercises with trot and canter cavaletti on a 20 m circle, concentrating on the transitions between them
  • How to improve the quality of the canter using cavaletti, resulting in more expressive flying changes

Further videos in this series:

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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