JP narrates a profile of Piaffe and Passage, the two cornerstones of classical dressage. JP is the rider and trainer of the horses you are going to see, including a dozen horses from 6 different breeds. .
"Once you have learned to ride horses, then the hard work starts, which is how to train them. I am still learning that one. I invite you to join me on the quest. Below is a collection of articles I have written on what I have learned so far with much thanks to many masters." JP
"Dressage can be done by a rider in Topper and Tails on a Warmblood, a Cowboy on a Quarter-Horse or a Bedouin on an Arabian, but it cannot be *lived* truly without study, without effort, without principles and without compassion. If the horse doesn't display self-carriage, freedom of movement (within his genetic ability) and visible enjoyment when performing dressage movements, then the Art is surely only happening in the deluded mind of the rider." JP
"The Master Nuno Oliveira most often created through the slowest of walk, the progressive, cadenced movement that results from the relaxed roundness of the entire top-line that represents true collection, not the frantic agitation or the rigid compression of the horse's front and back-ends obtained by impatient bit and whip actions. This collection seemed to effortlessly result in diagonal steps that announced the beginning of piaffe." JP
"Anybody who understands that a horse is much more at peace with a quick, negative reinforcement when called for, than with the permanent anxiety of not knowing where s/he stands, (created by owners who refuse to assume the proper herd-leader position they signed-for when they took possession of their horse)." JP
"Instead of getting on the horse the first day and spend the next 30 days (or his entire life in some cases) to erase the bad impression you may have created on your first ride, I suggest you rather spend the first 30 days systematically modifying his natural response to contact (through relaxation work) and his instinctual behavior (through a series of progressive exercises) into a new set of responses that will make your first day on his back, so to speak, a cinch!" JP