Sarah & Greyland
Here is Sarah Clark and Greyland doing a lovely basic half-step into four or five baby piaffe steps. Sarah very gently touches with her whip in the piaffe-steps and then proceeds back into half-steps. No need to walk as I do instruct on the video. Half-steps around to the next long side and repeat
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Cathryn & Liv piaffe steps
Here is Cathryn Herbert and Windjana Romanette (Liv) doing a very gentle basic half-step to some baby piaffe steps and out again. These piaffe steps are gentle, however they have just the beginnings of a little more hind leg agitation than Greyland. You have to look hard and it is subtle but it is significant. Again I stress the horse is relaxed and happy.
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Sappho & Storm piaffe steps
Here is Sappho Ransan-Elliot and Desert Storm doing some beautiful basic half-steps and the proceeding into baby piaffe steps. This is slightly more advanced than Sarah and Greyland and you can see the more educated version of the piaffe and the slightly agitated hind leg action. It is imperative that this is still associated with clear understanding and total confidence. This advanced state is gifted to the rider just through repetition and a natural nurturing effect over time.
Catie & Liv passage steps
Here Cathryn Herbert and Liv produce some lovely half-steps and then move forward in search of the passage. You do automatically inherit a little more moment of suspension courtesy of moving into trot. The idea is to gently agitate with the whip at the same time. This video clip is actually a wonderful illustration of early passage. To the rider it actually feels a little more than what it looks. You must back yourself. This I promise if gently nurtured over time will evolve into super passage.
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Heath & Fireworks R
Here is a lovely big young horse called Fireworks R. You can see me come around the corner in passage which is developing well and then trying to keep the swing in the back and the rhythm moving forward into more of a trot. So here we have the beginnings of using passage to blend forward and produce a big fancy Charlotte Dujardin trot! This is a beginning and given time will develop beyond everyone’s wildest expectations.
Rozzie & Adonie
Rozzie and Adonie are indeed already Grand Prix and you can see as Rozzie comes around the corner Adonie is already producing the fanciest trot. Rozzie then moves into passage and then back out into trot. This is not yet totally under control however I think everyone can see the potential that Adonie is showing with the advent of introducing passage into her trot.
Tiani & Blue
This is Tiani Stewart and her horse JE Blues. Blue has a wonderful rhythmical naturally suspended trot and historically riders and coaches will encourage a more and more restraining hand and emphasis on the forward driving aids to encourage a slower trot that still maintains the moment of suspension. This does indeed happen as one of the outcomes passage. However it entails lots of strength on the part of the rider and the ongoing restraining effect of the reins on the horse’s mouth is always associated with very difficult side effects, i.e. tongue problems which basically can’t be cured once they appear, the horses will become so strong a rider can’t hold them, and some horses will just freak out and become impossible to ride. The success rate of this technique is low and explains why so few people are able to train passage and then move forward into the Charlotte Dujardin trot. Piaffe and then passage will be no problems for Tiani and Blue using the half-steps.