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post #1 of 4 Old 01-18-2013, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Question Cavaletti / lunging cavaletti

Hey guys,

So very recently I heard of cavaletti. I have seen them before, but never paid much attention. I read that they can be good for building top line.

I was wondering, how does one go about starting up? I have a few old poles and stands lying around, but I haven't jumped for years (although I know it's not proper jumping lol)

Is it possible to lunge over cavaletti first, to see how my horse gets along, or even do it at liberty? And do you do it at walk, trot or canter (or any?) And how many do you do in a row or is it just one at a time? Ooh and strides! This is why I never embraced jumping - counting strides Etc haha

I'm sure I sound super dumb asking all these, but I haven't heard of the benefits before. My OTTB mare has no topline and I thought it'd benefit her.

So, anyway, after you've finished giggling about how little I know about the subject (don't worry, I'm laughing at myself too!) could you give me a briefing on the subject?

Many thanks,
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Okay, so after watching a few vids, I've realised it's less jumping, and more like raised trot poles... But I still need way more to go on if anyone would mind explaining

Thanks in advance,
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-30-2013, 11:27 PM
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Ground poles and cavelettis are Great for All sorts of works with your horse.
I know my mare learned the best when we incorporated ground poles and small elevated poles.

YES! While lunging start with One pole. Thats all it takes. The focus to get your horse to stay consistant and not react when something different has come in.
When you have gotten a steady rhythm with your pole, add another appx 6 ft away. let your horse trot through both.
Keep adding a circle of poles till its a whole circle- more power to ya! Make sure you incorporate transitions and change of directions- this is what will create more muscle.
While riding: start with a ground pole around a turn. Get your horse listening and bending (slight view of inside eye, hold inside leg and keep horse forward) at the turning pole, incorporate transitions. Give a "focal point" to really get your horse listening.
Adding more poles like you see in videos varys on riding level and how well your horse knows where their feet are.
When you have a steady trot thru 8 poles and your horse is staying in rhythm, you are doing figure 8's and changing the patterns of your lateral work- you will notice your horse using different muscles. Keep watching some videos and make sure you understand the spacing of poles too! Good luck :)
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That's brilliant advice, thank you very much!
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