Warm up for Lunging

Warm up for Lunging Over Cavellettis
by Clare Long


Trainer: Clare Long
Horse: Korri 16.2hh, liver chestnut Oldenburg gelding

(Video is transcribed below)

(Trainer) So this particular horse, for some reason, really likes to lunge small. I am not asking him to stay small like this, he wants to stay small like this. It is really interesting. I do work on pushing him out, the reason why is because on the smaller the circle, the harder it is on their bodies. So obviously, I want him out, on as big a circle, that I can get him on, but he likes to lunge small, so we will work it out as we go. The fact that he likes to lunge small makes it actually a lot easier to put him over the little Cavellettis.


(Trainer) Before we start the little Cavelletti work, I always get them going a little bit with the walk, trot, canter both directions. Again, I am not asking him to stay on this small a circle, he is insisting. With this wonderful lunging attachment, we can change directions easily. I know he is putting the attachment in his mouth, he does that, he thinks it's funny, and it doesn't matter, he'll spit it out when he is ready, and then it will slip back to where it is supposed to be.

 Working With The Cavellettis:

(Trainer) The way I start, is with the Cavellettis on the ground, and then go up to half height, than up to full height. As you can see, the full height is what, a foot and a half? I mean, it's tiny. But that's the whole point, that they are little tiny obstacles, so it is just gymnastic work for the horses, rather than difficult work. It's mental work, it's fun mental work for them. I've done this quite a bit with this horse. The other fun thing is you can move the Cavellettis around, you can take some away, you can put them in different places, you can turn them into little combinations, you can make them quite a bit taller if you stack them. You can use little jumps, as long as you use blocks as the standards, so you can get the lunge line over. Usually I will ask him to jump them in the trot, sometimes he will jump them in the canter. You'll see what we do. I won't be able to talk because you won't hear me any way, so I'm just going to go ahead and play with him a little."


*This training video was republished by permission from Clare Long