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As defined in the FEI Rule Book 2021.
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The volte is a circle of 6, 8 or 10 metres in diameter. If larger than 10 metres it is a circle.
The serpentine with several loops touching the long side of the arena consists of half circles connected by a straight line. When crossing the centreline, the horse should be parallel to the short side (a). Depending on the size of the half circles, the straight connection varies in length. Serpentines with one loop on the long side of the arena are executed with 5-metre or 10-metre distance from the track (b). Serpentines around the centre line are executed between the quarter lines (c).
This figure consists of two voltes or circles of equal size as prescribed in the test, joined at the centre of the eight. The athlete should make his horse straight an instant before changing direction at the centre of the figure.
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