Piaffe: Bending of body and limbs

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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.

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Teaching the exercise to the horse

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In the Academic Art of Riding, the piaffe is usually first taught to the horse in hand, starting with half-steps.

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Piaffe: Riding Aids

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Romanesque1 300x168 Piaffe: Riding AidsCollection and a rising of the shoulders happens when the hind legs are stepping forward under the point of weight.

This should be done with as little use of the rider’s hand as possible:

  • The inside leg of the rider asks the inside hind leg forward, the outside leg asks the outside hind leg forward. This makes both hind legs step towards the point of weight.
  • The base of the tail can be touched with the whip to ask the horse to lower its pelvis.
  • The rider opens his seat and upper legs to give the back space to come up. The rider should sit quietly.
  • The rider tilts his pelvis to transfer weight to the hind legs.
  • Half halts re-balance the horse onto the hindquarter.
  • When the hind legs actually do step forward towards the point of weight, the rider will feel increasing lightness in his hands.


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