Help! What is a Cavaletti?

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  1. Sprout

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    I know it has to do with the agility jumps, but what is it?
    Reply asap! Thanks

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  3. It is a low jump/obstacle, usually used to teach horses (or dogs) how to take the right number of strides before a jump.
     
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    Cavelletti with horses is just the bar that's used for jumps, placed on the ground. With horses it's (for me at least LOL) one step for trot and 5 for canter.

    I didn't know they used it for dogs though :D You learn something new everyday!
     
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    lol yeh I have a horse and do it sometimes too with her..
    but ive heard of it for dogs and wanted to see if it was the same thing, but ive got myanwser now :) Thanks all!
     
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    Guess we built the 'high-end' kind of cavelletti - a pole on two Xs so you could roll them to adjust the height (and they wouldn't roll underfoot if the horse stepped on them). I wonder if setting up a 'gymnastic' sequence for your dog would have the same benefit it does for horses? Seems like the it would...
     
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    The problem with the raised cavaletti, at least what I've found, is that your enthusiastic jumpers won't just trot or canter over them.

    Added on top of that, I train horses to trot over crossrails, and jump verticals. Of course there are exceptions with crossrails, they know the cue if I want them to jump, but "cueless" they're to trot over them.

    With dogs I didn't figure that they had to learn "striding". The jumps aren't very large so I just assumed it would never be too big a problem.

    I'd hate to see Roxy do a gymnastic line.. LMAO :eek: She over jumps everytime, and all I see in my head is a lot of crashing and banging! LOL
     
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    On its lowest setting, the pole is only about six inches off the ground (at least on ours) but then, our horses aren't enthusiastic jumpers either and are completely happy to trot over anything. Heck, my sister's old mare preferred climbing over jumps (usually downed trees on the trails) if she could.
    Your description of Roxy overjumping reminds me of something that happened to a friend of mine. She was out trail riding, cantering along and saw, off to the side, telephone poles laid out in a line of six bounces as a gymnastic. She decided to take her horse through them... well, he leaped three, landed, leaped two more and then took the final bounce. That was a gymnastic she wasn't counting on! She said she grabbed mane and hung on for dear life. Lol!
    Have you ever set up a jumping lane for Roxy, just for fun?
     
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    Snark, that is what we used too ....we also pyramided 3 in teaching young riders or horses. I miss those days !
     
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    Nope, Snark, I haven't. My poor dogs have to act like horses enough! LMAO

    When I go to my parents I set up all sorts of courses and I've taken to "lunging" Roxy LMAO!!!!

    Bounces are SOOO much fun! I love bounces! LOL. Their probably my favourite when it comes to jumping, gymnastics are fun but when your on an overweight QH and you have to push continuously just to get a good stride, gymnastics can get tiring! LOL, Bounces are much easier on the legs! LMAO

    Your friends story about the random gymnastic is scary for me :eek:

    I had a bounce set up, years ago when I was 14 with my QH. We *think* that he tried to jump the bounce as an oxer, it was somewhere around 3'. We *think* he fell and landed on me, I guess we'll never know. I suffered a 3rd class concussion and my short term memory was affected.

    I used to be wild a reckless but I realize the older I get the more content I am to just walk/trot out in the fields! LMAO. I'm done trying to jump backwards bareback and jump 5'. Ha ha, just give me a western saddle, and saddle bag full of granola bars and apples and I'm good to go!! LOL
     
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    Lol! Me, too! I just don't 'bounce' anymore when I hit the ground. Amazing the silly things one does when still young and uh, stupid... I used to ride my horse under persimmon trees, then stand on him to pluck persimmons (he loved them). Ever try vaulting onto your horse from the rear? I wound up plastered around my horse's hindquarters, with him looking back at me like, 'what the heck are you doin'??' I'm lucky he didn't kick me into next week. Lol!
     
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    LMAO SNARK!!!

    I did that and got kicked in the face and the groin! LMAO ROFL

    Hospital trip!! Surprisingly getting kicked in the box hurt a heck of a lot more than getting kicked in the face!

    I had Riley stand kind of on a hill to give me an advantage... than took a run of about 20 feet, a gust of wind blew my windbreaker and he took off bucking and booted him in the face and my groin!!!

    Ha Ha!!!
     

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