Cavaletti. It is just a fancy way of saying pole work so that it will get people to do it…. or that is what it appears to be in my opinion.
For all my looking around all I can see is that is an old method which is block in an “X” shape used to raise poles… to do pole work. I have seen a few people going to “cavaletti training” then posting on social media how they are working on their cavaletti and using cavaletti to work on this and that. But the burning question I have is why do you need to pay a specialist instructor to do pole work? Surely your own instructor can set up some for you? No? Ok.
Anyway moving on, I will be the first to hold my hands up and say I should do more pole work. While at my old livery yard I appeared to be the only person who did any, I used to do a fair amount but haven’t done much recently so the other day I set out some raised trotting poles to get us going again.
Our aim was to get her back end a little bit more engaged. Unfortunately my boyfriend/camera man wasn’t there so I had to improvise with the camera therefore unfortunately the pictures arent the best. I was quite lucky in that I had the big indoor all to myself, not bad eh!
My aim was to keep a consistent trot before, during and after the poles. Change the rein each time so when rounding the corner to the poles we work on getting a nice bend then straighten up for the poles.
We repeated the exercise several times each time round we changed the rein so as we turned towards the poles she would be bending a different way.
We are both weaker on the right so a little extra work had to go in to get the right bend.
As you can see from the pictures she is quite careful not to touch a single pole.
Our problem at the moment is that she is not strong enough through her back to really push forward and keep her front end soft. So while we would approach the poles in a soft outline we would loose the contact during the poles. At the moment I am not worried about this too much as it is something we need to work on and with more pole work it will come.
How often do you use poles when you ride?
Do you ever do raised poles?