Cavaletti Exercises

Well, Foster felt like utter poop last night, with the tightest back I have ever felt on him. Since I am promised rainbows and butterflies and a straight horse by the chiropractor, I’ll give it another couple rides and reserve judgement for now.

There were a few comments yesterday about also wanting to learn exercises for improving hind-end strength and using cavaletti. So, I did a little googling and found a couple resources I thought were helpful.

How to Space Cavaletti:
For those needing a reminder about cavaletti spacing, and how to raise cavaletti, this is a short and informative video.

 

Cavaletti Training Video:
This is the source of yesterday’s animated gif, and shows a buildup of cavaletti from 4 to 18 cavaletti in a row. Not any specifics on exercises, but interesting to watch nonetheless.

 

Cavaletti for Dressage and Jumping Article:
Walks through a few different patterns of cavaletti depending on the goal of the rider. Unfortunately, a long read and no diagrams.

Ingrid Klimke Cavaletti Clinic:
Video recording of a clinic, starts at the 8:30 mark. I didn’t get a chance to watch the whole video but looks like a great resource.

 

Ingrid Klimke Cavaletti Seminar:
Another Ingrid Klimke gem. Great website that walks through the beginner to advanced exercises, including distances (although in meters). Definitely recommend this one.

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Stifle Strength:
An article on stifles and improving strength in these joints.

Gymnastics from Evention:
Who doesn’t love Evention? The Schramms are hilarious as well as giving good tips, and this video on gymnastics is no exception.

 

Bonus! Grid exercise:
As I was perusing the net for cavaletti I came across this grid for jumping… looks pretty cool to me! What do you guys think?

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Good luck to everyone in your cavaletti endeavors!

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11 thoughts on “Cavaletti Exercises

  1. Everytime I see cavaletti I’m like “I really should do more with Henry to help strengthen him” and then I totally forget to ever set them up. So thanks for the reminder, can I get a daily one? 😉

      • Jec Ballou (author of 101 Dressage Exercises, among other things) suggested setting up a cavaletti exercise in an out-of-the-way location where you don’t have to put them up/down every day so you are more likely to do them. This works well with her walk-cavaletti exercises (because footing doesn’t matter as much), but with a big enough arena could even work for trot cavaletti.

        I only say this because I, too, struggle to do cavaletti regularly even though I know I should and think about it and then never do it anyway.

  2. thanks for doing all the research on this lol! i pretty much suck at measuring distances, but i really want to give a few of these a try… that last one looks like a blast too!

    • I’ve gotten pretty good at judging distances- but also, as a graphic designer, I’ve learned to notice if something is a few pixels off, so I guess it just comes with the trade!

  3. I would probably do more cavaletti if I didn’t have to set them up and tear them down. Not having to assemble jumps is probably my favorite part about being a pure dressage rider.

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