In the old times, the passage was a king’s exercise to carry the king gracefully and royally past his subjects. The horse has a proud and fierce expression in passage. Therefore, this gait was also used by officers to ride during inspections and parades.
In the Academic Art of Riding, the passage is not an absolute goal. It provides the means to develop the horse and has some benefits for the education:
• The muscles of the back and hindquarter are made stronger and suppler.
• The shoulders are placed correctly in front of the hips.
• The focus and obedience of the horse to the aids increases.
The passage is seen in nature when stallions try to impress others. The Academic Art of Riding wants to develop the natural movement and talent of the horse to as high a level as possible under the rider.