Dressage - Piaffe
Piaffe is a highly collected and elevated trot where the horse appears to remain on the spot.
The Piaffe requires immense strength and engagement from the hindquarters which have to lower and flex in order to raise each hind foot and ensure that the horse is light and mobile in front.
Principles Of Piaffe
- The toe of the raised forefoot should be level with the middle of the horses opposite cannon bone.
- The toe of the raised hind foot should be raised above the fetlock of the opposite hindleg.
- Each trot diagonal should be evenly placed alternately.
- The horses forehand should be light and mobile.
- The Piaffe will look like it remains on the spot but will actually advance slightly.
- The rider should always be able to ride out of the Piaffe at any time.