To be able to collect the horse and make it lift its front, the horse has to be able to bend in its body and its hind legs.

Piaffe 7 300x168 Piaffe: Bending of body and limbs

Step 1: Bending the body

On the circle the horse learns to bend its body from head to tail.

Bending circle 214x300 Piaffe: Bending of body and limbs

Step 2: Bending inside hind leg

By using shoulder-in, the inside hind leg steps under the point of weight and gets more weight to carry. Because of the extra weight, it has to bend more.

Shoulder in 152x300 Piaffe: Bending of body and limbs

Step 3: Bending outside hind leg

With the exercise hindquarter-in, the horse learns to make his outside hind leg step under the point of weight, to bend and to carry.

Haunches in 131x300 Piaffe: Bending of body and limbs

Step 4: Bending both hind legs

Piaffe makes both hind legs carry and bend.

Joints 300x192 Piaffe: Bending of body and limbs

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