For anyone learning the finer points of jumping, brightly coloured cavaletti poles and ends are an absolute necessity. Twenty different jumps may be made – including uprights, spreads and parallels. The ends may be part-filled with water or sand for increased stability, while keeping the centre of mass low.
the poles are readily pushed off the shallow positioning cups formed in the ends, however should sufficient vertical load be applied to the pole by the horse, the pole is designed to breakaway at one of the junctions of a pole component body and its formed screw end – seen in the top centre image below – so, if a mishap occurs, particularly when using the higher keyhole jump stands, no injury should be caused to horse or rider. Of course, one or more of the screw-together pole components must then be replaced.
The standard length of pole – which comes as four component parts – is 2.4 metres; however, as the screw-together components are interchangeable, the pole can be lengthened, or shortened, as required in 600 mm increments.