Cavaletti exercises in canter: turning, distances and gymnastic grids 2016-06-19T00:00:00+02:00

In the show jumping ring, the smooth change between a waiting canter or a forward canter needs to function without hesitation. Riding over two cavaletti with several canter strides between them is a good preparatory exercise. Cavaletti built in the shape of a cross are good for practicing tight turns.

When riding the “jumping on a circle” exercise four cavaletti are positioned every quarter of the circle so that the inner circle has three strides and the outer circle four strides between each jump. Precise riding is developed just as much as refined aids and correct take-off distance.

Gymnastic grids can be set up in all kinds of ways and offer the horse valuable back strengthening and suppling and sharpens his concentration.


Further videos in this series:
Cavaletti Training: The appropriate equipment, correct set up and walk exercises
Cavaletti exercises in trot: improve rhythm, activity, cadence and tracking up
Cavaletti exercises in canter: improve thoroughness and collection

You will learn in this video:

  • How to exercise collecting and lengthening the canter strides using cavalettis
  • Train better turns with 4 cavaletti built in a “square”
  • How to test precision and rideability by riding over angled cavaletti

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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