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    Default Let's Piaffe - Backwards!

    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier



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    Pfft.... my mare does this at dinner time when she's waiting for her feed to hit the pan.




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    Come on, that was pretty spiffy. Maybe a nit picker can tell us why it's not good enough.... But how?



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    Jorge Gabriel (featured) is the piaffe God in my book. I have framed photos of his piaffe work at my desk as a reminder of what perfect looks like. He does a lot of good work promoting the Lusitano here in the states, and imports many YUMMY horses each year of FEI quality.
    His piaffes are worlds better than even the best featured in the olympics this year. IMHO of course
    www.destinationconsensusequus.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petstorejunkie View Post
    Jorge Gabriel (featured) is the piaffe God in my book. I have framed photos of his piaffe work at my desk as a reminder of what perfect looks like. He does a lot of good work promoting the Lusitano here in the states, and imports many YUMMY horses each year of FEI quality.
    His piaffes are worlds better than even the best featured in the olympics this year. IMHO of course
    Based on this video, I would have to agree! Does he do clinics? Where is he based?



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    Quote Originally Posted by beckzert View Post
    Based on this video, I would have to agree! Does he do clinics? Where is he based?
    Casa Lusitana in Massachusetts



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    Hmmm...I'm going to school in MA in the fall. Looks to be only 45min away...I wonder if he takes working students for the summer.



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    That was wonderful to watch! He puts any of my attempts at piaffe to shame.



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    super piaffe - horse is sitting but completely relaxed and engaged. Bravo to this man! If it's this great going backwards it's probably better forward!
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    Very impressive.



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    Pretty cool - although the music drove me crazy (there, I'm the nitpicker).



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    I wonder if you guys see how he trains it what you would think. I have seen him demonstrate his process and it's ah.... rather unique. I guess it works for him. It's nothing horrible or anything, just different. He's a nice guy though has a great eye for horses. It's hard to believe he suffered a stroke a few years ago. He is looking good. Their Casa Lusitana festival is always fun.



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    cool! reminds me of the "backward traveling canter" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW0gLYhUR-0 (not as polished as that piaffe I think, and a four beat, but still!)
    “They were not sitting backwards on their horses,” he said with a sly smile. “But they had no dressage preparation..." - Bert de Nemethy



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    We did this once when we saw a goat.



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    Not quite as refined, but points for imagination.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-VUEQOh_OIU

    And that's what happens when great horsemen get bored and find new things to teach their horses !



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    Quote Originally Posted by Isabeau Z Solace View Post
    Come on, that was pretty spiffy. Maybe a nit picker can tell us why it's not good enough.... But how?
    the FEI rules say it can't be correct if the horse goes back- only forward.

    Personally, I think this is waaaaay cool! What movement!! What engagement! Maybe it's a thought - to increase the engagement a little backwards can be appropriate in training

    Personally, I thought the music was fun too.



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    He can perform a movement of advanced collection in reverse and still have the horse's head on the verticle...why can't most GP riders ride forwards with their face on the verticle??

    I know, I know, I don't ride GP, don't crit what you can't do...yada yada. I just appreciate that this video shows such lovely shwung and relaxation, and rhythm. He got to the top of the pyramid without loosing the bottom. Its refreshing to see someone do that.



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