Series

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When the horse is taught to change on the riders’ aids and responds with 100% accuracy, you can start teaching changes every six, four, three or two steps.

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Piaffe: Variations

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  • In the Academic Art of Riding, the piaffe is often done with a bending to the inside. The piaffe is right bended on the right lead, and left bended when going to the left. The straight piaffe is done on the center line.
  • Shoulder-in and hindquarter-in in piaffe improve the bending in both hind legs separately.
  • Transitions in tempo are valuable gymnastics.
  • Transitions to- and from walk, trot and canter in piaffe improve all gaits. The piaffe makes the horse more bended in its hindquarter and provides more carrying in the gaits. And the gaits improve the piaffe:
  • Walks brings calmness into the piaffe.
  • Trot improves the correct placement of the diagonal legs into the piaffe.
  • Canter brings more uphill into the piaffe.
  • The piaffe-pirouette is an exercise the horse can start to do when it can produce a long series of equal steps in piaffe.
  • Work between pillars is another alternative in the Academic Art of Riding to develop the piaffe.

Piaffe is the preparation exercise for the passage and the key to the high school work.

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Passage: Variations

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The passage can be improved with the following variations:

  • Transitions piaffe – passage. This increases the control over carrying and pushing.
  • Transitions passage – extended trot. This increases the forward movement and the flight moment.
  • Turns and serpentines in passage. This enhances a more round movement and bending in the front legs.
  • All side movements in passage. This also enhances a more round movement and bending in the front legs.  It also stimulates the proper activity in the hind legs.
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