Work over poles on the ground, cavalletti and very small obstacles in series is an essential part of horse’s general education.
Work over poles on the ground, cavalletti and very small obstacles in series it’s a useful gymnastic exercise wich teaches the horse to use his body at the best, to lower his head and neck, to round his back, to flex his joints and also to coordinate the action of his limbs.
Whether on the ground or raised, these must accomodate the horse’s stride exactly. Adjustments of distances should be made to suit the strides of different horses.
Training with cavalletti in the ‘light seat’ was developed in about 1930 in Italy introduced by Federico Caprilli and practised in Pinerolo and Tor di Quinto Italian cavalry school. In the style of Italian school, groups of riders began to use poles on the ground and cavalletti to help loosen up every day. After the second world war, the basic principles of cavalletti training and the ‘light seat’ were introduced in Europe and in USA by Bertalan de Nemethy and then by George Morris and his ‘Hunt Seat Equitation’. The German Reiner Klimke’s best-sellers ‘Cavalletti’ is well-known all over the equestrian world.
Training of the horse is based on solid principles. The rider is responsible for the well-being of the horse. Only a healthy horse whose muscles and condition are carefully monitored, can perform well over time. Training the horse is about improving natural gymnastic ability. The horse’s all-round muscles and physical strenght should beimproved and the joints made more flexible. Cavalletti and gymnastic exercises on poles on the ground and small obstacles in series are basic part of the training. The horse develops muscles and improves movement, rhythm, balance, and learns to concentrates and jump in relaxation, calm and suppleness.
Exercises can should be varied related to age, training level, temperament and attitude of the horse and should absolutely be progressive and well planned.