This video emphasizes developing good lift of the hind legs and a true suspension, by the definition – a suspended, elevated trot in place.
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Piaffe Training Full Video
To produce the reinless piaffe, I started by teaching a liberty piaffe. Then I transfered the cues to the saddle. Just heels and a song were all that was needed.
Figures of Eight, Reinless, All Gaits Including Back-Up!!
Developing the most logical cues (to the horse) was the main challenge. The rest was practice, practice and more practice. I had to forsake the usual canter cues of outside leg, which would interfere with the turning cues. So instead I used the outside shoulder. Great pressure meant a small circle. Less pressure allowed a larger circle, and almost no pressure was the cue to go straight. Change of shoulder cue would produce a flying lead change. The back up (a valuable, much neglected exercise) took a lot work – combining turn cues with back up cues. The basic concept of moving away from pressure was my guide in developing this delightful way of training – the most logical and easiest for the horse to understand.
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