Passage: Riding aids

| Category: Passage |

During the passage, the seat of the rider and back of the horse melt together. The seat of the rider follows the swinging in the horse’s back and the back of the horse forms around the soft seat of the rider.

The aids:

  • The rider should first make a piaffe and feel which hind leg is in the air and which hind leg is on the ground.
  • The rider adds a slight forward and every time a hind leg steps forward, the calf of the rider asks the horse to bring that hind leg more forward.
  • The rider asks a bit more swinging from his pelvis, without losing the rhythm (without losing the ball).
  • With an inner metronome the rider maintains regularity and rhythm. In the beginning, the rider can help the horse by clacking his tongue.
  • The rider maintains the suppleness and softness.


| Category: Piaffe |

Piaffe arises by collecting in trot. Piaffe is like a trot in place, with only one hoof print forward in every step. The horse is bending in its haunches, the hind legs step under the point weight and the horse’s surface support becomes smaller. The pelvis is tilted, the back arches and the horse lifts its front.

piaffe1 300x220 Piaffe

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Goal Piaffe

| Category: Piaffe |

The goal of the Art of Riding is to develop the horse from its natural balance to a riding balance. This is important to carry the rider properly. Piaffe contributes to realize this goal.

evenwicht Goal Piaffe

riding balance: weight on the hindquarter        natural balance: weight on the front

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