A look at the working of a horse in hand, using more the Iberian method, building up to showing the piaffe work.

This is not meant to show the finished product as this horse is only 6 years old but it shows the work towards. At about 5mins into the video you can see him piaffing without me holding on but still being able to influence the piaffe.

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Comment by Simon on February 19, 2009 at 10:04am
At the point the video was taken i had been working with this horse for roughly a year, 30min sessions once per week.

The other method is more the Spanish Riding School method which is with a roller, side reins and cavesson. The lunge line is held therefore attached to the cavesson and so height is not an issue.

Under saddle a good exercise is trot to walk, 4 strides walk then trot. Then trot to walk, 2 strides walk trot, then trot walk 1 stride walk trot and building this, when the horse is responding with ease ad staying on the aids trot almost walk trot. This builds up a good reflex through the hindleg staying light to the bridle.
Comment by Barbara F. on February 19, 2009 at 9:09am
Super video. I have a few questions:
1. How many times has this horse done these exercises?
2. How would you approach this if you were a bit shorter, in terms of holding the reins?
3. Is there parallel work a rider can do in the saddle to help encourage piaffe steps - particularly in a horse that is not so quick behind?

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