Volte (riding)

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The Voltage is a riding figures from the horse riding , wherein the horse is running a circle.


As with riding on curved lines, in the volte the horse is positioned and curved according to the radius of the turn . The rear hooves follow the track of the front hooves, as the horse is supposed to move on a hoof beat (riding) . Beat and momentum are not lost in the volte. The volte is a gathering lesson.

If the volte is required at a certain point on the path , it is turned away at the moment when the horse's shoulder is at the height of the point. The volte is ended so that the horse's shoulder reaches the hoofbeat again at the point.

Requirements according to FN

In German tournament sport, volts are required in dressage tests and style jumping tests with standard requirements. The diameter of the volte depends on the class . In class A, volts are required in trot with a diameter of 10 m, in classes L and M volts in trot and canter with a diameter of 8 m and from class S in trot and canter with a diameter of 6 m.

Related railway figures

Further railway figures related to the volte are the half volte and the reversing volte .

  • A half volte describes a semicircle. Half volts are ridden in particular in the combination of half volte left - half volte right (or the other way around), which results in a half eight.
  • The turnaround is a figure that creates a hand change. Starting with a half volte, you ride from the apex of the half volte in a straight line back to the hoofbeat. The result is a shape that is reminiscent of an asymmetrical drop.


Britta Schöffmann: Lessons to ride properly. FN guidelines in practice. Franckh-Kosmos , Stuttgart 2005, ISBN 3-440-10102-9

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