- Start in a position of rest.
- Ask for energy with the kiss noise.
- Ask for the lift of the hind legs a slight second earlier than before.
- Quit when the horse gives the bounce so the horse gets the ‘yes’ and reward.
Don’t start to try and make the piaffe when it’s going away. Then you take the responsibility away from your horse. Just relax and start again, focusing on the preparation.
Don’t want too much and your horse will learn to offer.
Does your horse think a little too much about the trot? Use the kiss noise a bit less to take their thoughts a bit away from the trot.
Does your horse get too much in your rein? Relax, stop what you’re asking and back them up until you’re back at your position of rest.
Do you find it difficult to find the timing? Make some transitions in trot, ask for a step with another normal step in between and built a rhythm (trot, walk, step, walk, step, trot, hop).