Okay, so I am curious about cavaletti training for my horse. He is a 6 year old Tennessee Walking horse with a lovely feeling smooth gait. My only complaint, is he drags his hooves SO bad! He does not do this on the ground, but under saddle he is always dragging them. I was told it's just because he's so mellow, but we rode in a gymkhana where he was EXTREMELY hot and he still drug them. He often trips because he just can't pick them up.
I would love to teach him how to pick up his hooves a bit more in his running walk. I've talked to people at my barn (none of who own gaited horses) and they suggested weighted shoes, elastic bands between the legs, and chains. I am VERY against any type of action device on my horse. I did some thinking and thought of ground poles? Would setting up ground poles, starting at the walk, building up to the running walk, and then raising them to cavaletti's be an option for a gaited horse? I haven't really found much info on cavalettis other than for Dressage horses, but would love to try them with him.
Anyone have any success with this?