This past weekend I participated in a cavaletti clinic taught by Emilie Christian. Cavaletti are small jumps, originally made of wood, used for basic horse training. Cavaletti were invented by Federico Caprilli and designed to help a horse improve its balance, adjust its length of stride, and to loosen and strengthen its muscles. By being set closer or farther apart than a horse's natural stride, they encourage lengthening or shortening of the stride.
Spaced as ground rails between 3 and 3.5 feet apart, cavaletti encourage a horse to maintain a shorter stride at a trot or jog, spaced farther apart, a row of cavaletti encourage a longer, more extended trot stride. Zotti actually really enjoys the cavaletti work, but is also very safe and cautious. He is aware of my strengths and weaknesses as a rider and approached each pole taking my cues. I really learned a lot and can't wait to do it again.