Why Jump?

Riding Level 3: Trot Poles and Cross Rails I have been asked why, in the Cavaliere program, we require our riders learn to jump.  After all, it’s not a skill you need for mounted sparring or knightly games within our modern, arena-bound context.  However, we believe jumping has value and deserves a place in the…

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Look Ma, No Hands!

Riding Level 3: Riding without Reins and Stirrups Our curriculum is liberally dosed with tests of your independent seat, as you can see from these previous blog posts on dropping the reins and stirrups (which in turn link to other blog posts on related topics).  This is because a secure independent seat from which you…

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Shifting Gears

Riding Level 3: Effective Transitions As a beginning rider you drove with an automatic transmission.  You knew ‘go’ and ‘whoa’, and, if you were lucky, somewhere in there was ‘slow’.  As your riding has improved you have gained the ability to use at least three different gaits and make accurate transitions between them. At level…

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Riding Level 3

Over the next few months this blog will cover the Riding Level 3 curriculum.  A Level 3 rider is one who rides safely and with confidence, is comfortable at walk, trot and canter with good position in all three, is beginning to jump cross rails and small vertical jumps, and can ride with precision in…

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