Tips: If I have trouble staying around the horse doing these exercises I lengthen my stirrups a few holes from my normal show jumping length. Repeat an exercise until you can reproduce the same feel consistently. That may mean needing to use several rides to achieve this as once the horse becomes tired this type of work will become too challenging to do correctly. Always be aware of where you are looking and when...if you keep overshooting a turn focus more on where you want the horse to travel not just on the point you are trying to get to.
- Canter one outside cavaletti set directly to the single vertical and continue to the other outside cavaletti set. Count the number of strides you get both before and after the jump as it relates to the bounce cavaletti. The goal is to adjust your curve to create the same number of strides rather than changing the canter. Work towards consistency staying on one lead at a time. Most horses find one direction easier than another so use this to show you how this difference effects the horses' success.
- Building on the first exercise you can work on adding or subtracting strides before and/or after the small jump. There is quite a bit of variety to work with so make sure you know what you want to achieve so that it does not become an exercise in reacting and make changes gradually so as not to lose the overall quality to the canter.
- For more turning challenges incorporate the 33' verticals with the bounce cavaletti. There are so many options here. First you can ride the 33' distance in either 2 or 3 strides and you can turn to the middle bounce cavaletti and continue back to the 33' distance. Or you can add one or both of the additional bounce cavaletti to make the turns come up much more quickly and to have to produce as S-curve to a straight line back to an S-curve.
If I have a horse that has difficulty landing and turning I would keep the canter a little more compact and do the 3 strides then turn to the middle cavaletti, add in the next cavaletti, then continue to the single vertical and repeat by going to the 33' line the opposite direction. Hopefully that makes sense! Map out your options before you begin so you make the most of it...