Monday, March 26, 2007


You gotta love the Italians! They do great coffee, great food, and they came up with "Cavalletti." Cavalletti is the schooling of horse and rider over ground poles. It enhances their rhythm, loosens their muscles, and tests their ability to learn. Maddy started going over ground poles at the walk and the trot. I had the closest 3 poles at my trot lengths and the farthest poles on my walk lenghts. I first walked both directions with her and exaggerated my step. She was fine, so we move on to lunging near the poles at the walk, then over the poles, reverse directions. All seemed well, so we went on to the trot. Wow! I have been waiting for her to lower her head, maintain her gait, and stay relaxed and the cavalletti exercises we worked on today did the trick. Her stride was so long and she looked just beautiful. I think she even impressed Michelle Merkin, my trainer. I am still giddy about our work today. So cool.


L said...

Yeah, cavalletti poles can be really helpful! Horses usually seem to like this kind of stuff too, because it makes them use their mind, not just their feet...

Donna said...

Very interesting, I'll have to do some more research on this. We do "trotting the poles" as part of our lessons but its just one pole at a time as part of the circle.

Lori Schmidt (LoriProPhoto) said...

When I first started riding a cavaletti was two short poles in the shape of an X with a normal length pole between them so that you got different heights of the pole depending on which way the X was placed. Nowadays they have these plastic devices which do the same thing LOL. It is a very effective way of exercising your horse and getting them thinking about where their feet are. Glad it all went well for you.


Rising Rainbow said...

I love working with cavalletti and so do my horses. It's such an easy way of getting them to use themselves properly and in a way that's fun for them.

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