Tag: Piaffe


Bailador: First Full Piaffe

20th September

Will Faerber demonstrates how to Stretch in the Piaffe and shows you Bailador coming into a full Piaffe for the first time.



How to Develop Piaffe, Stretching in Piaffe

21st December

William Faerber demonstrates the technique of stretching the horse forward while developing the piaffe.



Bailador Piaffe: Update 2

7th March

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride gives you an update on Bailador and continues the Piaffe.



Bailador Piaffe: Update 1

21st February

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride gives an update on Bailador and the piaffe.



Legolas: Starting In Piaffe

12th December

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride gives a demonstration of starting the piaffe with the horse Legolas.



Starting Piaffe with Bailador

2nd August

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber demonstrates Piaffe on Bailador.



Piaffe: Update 2

31st May

Good morning this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and I am here with Kristen Balch and her horse Contigo. We are here today to talk about how to begin the piaffe.

We have done a couple months of piaffe on the ground and we have got him doing it pretty nicely, so now we will introduce the weight of the rider. You do not want to do this until the horse is clearly moving the diagonal pairs, then you can begin to add the weight of the rider. In the piaffe, the rider is going to stretch herself up, lightening the saddle, and restrain her back. In other words, she will not have the freedom that you normally have in the back to help the horse move forward. So she is going to restrain in the back a little bit and …



Piaffe: Contigo, Update 1

5th April

Good morning this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride with my good buddy Contigo. About a week and a half ago we showed you how to work a horse in piaffe, so now we are going to continue that.

When starting a horse in piaffe, I tend to do this every other day or so once I have started a horse in it. I want to remind you of the prerequisites to working a horse in piaffe and they are: the horse is correctly working over his back and that you as a rider have developed the ability to ride on the weight of the rein (that is you are able to release to the weight of the rein). Once the horse has developed enough topline to begin this, he must work in the weight of the rein, otherwise if you start …



Piaffe: How to start correctly

30th March

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride discusses the correct development of the Piaffe.



Why do you begin piaffe so early?

In the beginning it is a gymnastic tool and done in hand. We are not trying to achieve an immediate correct piaffe but it is one of the best gymnastic exercises to teach the horse to bend the joints in the hindlegs, begin to carry more weight on the hindlegs and to engage the back and stomach muscles. The same thing one is asking for when we ask the horse to collect (albeit to a lesser degree). It is easier for a horse to start developing these abilities in-hand without the weight of the rider and begin the correct muscle development that makes collection easier. So it makes sense to us that a horse start to develop these abilities, muscling and the understanding of the aids that indicate that we would like more engagement, before we start to ask the …



From the Blog!

Join me as I post weekly blogs covering many topics relating to Classical Foundation Training. I have intentionally left out the word "dressage" because many people have a negative association with the prevalent "crank and spank" approach or that it is a sport for only those who are afraid to jump.

Dressage as it is meant to be is an understanding of how to best optimize a horse's movement and ability to carry a rider, surely a benefit for any horse, any discipline. It is also important in maintaining your horse's safety, soundness and sanity.

Barb and Perhaps: WDF Foundation Level 1 Test 4

Barb and Perhaps demonstrate the World Dressage Federation Foundation Level 1 Test 4 with Will’s commentary.

Amber and Legolas: WDF Foundation Level 1 Test 6

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride discusses the world dressage federation level 1 test 6. Amber and Legolas Demonstrate.

Video Critique: Julie and Barbie Submission 1

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride discusses the video sent in by Julie and gives suggestions for further improvement.

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