Terre à Terre is like the levade, a step between the schools on the ground (like piaffe, passage) and the school jumps (like courbette, capriole). According to the definition of the Duke of Newcastle (1592 – 1676), Terre àTerre is a two-boated canter on two tracks.
The exercise consists of a series of small, low jumps.
The movement is as following:
1. In the first phase, the horse lifts both front legs simultaneously and puts them down.
2. In the second phase, the hind legs closes simultaneously to the front legs.
Then the horse repeats this a few times.
The movement can be done in place, forwards, sideward, in a 180 degree turn and backwards. The horse can canter backwards using the backwards Terre à Terre.