Saturday, March 3, 2012

Piaffe in hand

Is this horse just volunteering a piaffe? Pretty spectacular...


9 comments:

  1. I don't think it's that uncommon for a horse who is hyped up and prone toward collection when attempting to not pull on the handler. This horse has most likely done piaffe in hand that it's a known acceptable response as well, so it's even more common. The quality of the horse (pony?) is NOT what I'd call common, though. Gorgeous! :)

    My TB who is more prone toward collection than anything has rounded and given me piaffe in hand when stressed despite having never done it - but a nice, rhythmic, controlled piaffe for about 12 steps when he didn't want to pull on me but had to release energy somewhere.

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  2. Looks like he does have some training for it, but actually the passage and piaffe should be natural for the horse. (That's the theory.) When they are properly energized and then not permitted to go forward, the movements develop.

    This guy looks as if he's been schooled in hand as some of his steps are reacting to the handler.

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  3. The energy bubbling over from that animal is gorgeous. Even though he was hyped up, he looked like he was doing his best to be respectful of the handler, who using simple equipment. Lovely horse.

    My QH does not have the awesome muscling or balance of this guy, but he will trot nearly in place on the trail when I do not let him move forward and he has energy to burn. Some say "jig", I say "piaffe-potential". It is fun either way. I think that some horses have it in their nature, just like others will offer lengthenings with ease.

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  4. My stallion does the most spectacular piaffe in his field when one of the mares come into season. Admittedly he is a dressage schoolmaster, so he has had the training... he also does passage up and down the long fence separating his field from that of the mares.

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  5. The story is that Hilda Gurney taught Keen to piaffe/passage by riding with others and having them ride on ahead. He wanted to "GO" but she would not let him.

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  6. FWIW, the horse in the video is Royal Diamond, full brother to the late Rohdiamant, and trained to Grand Prix by Lisa Wilcox

    The more you know, right?

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  7. Thanks for the info, anon! I love learning more about different horses, their riders, level of training, etc.

    (And Stacey - do you know if the format has changed with blogger? I no longer see an option to subscribe to blog comments at all, but don't know if it's just me.)

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  8. I think I've been following too many eventing blogs. He looks FAT to me! LOL Cute though. :D

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