Self-carriage and Piaffe

Daniel and I have really been working hard with Black to teach him to use his body in a correct way-- moving through the back and lowering the haunches so that he has the freedom to lift in the shoulder. Although Black has understood the concept of "half-steps" for several years, this is first time I am feeling true piaffe where he really lowers the croup and lifts up through the shoulders without any tension or bracing in the neck. This basic, yet fundamental work, has carried over in to all aspects of our training, and we are now able to school the pirouettes and tempi changes with much more true self-carriage. Really, the feeling is amazing, and I cannot wait to return home so that I can share all that I have learned with other riders.