THE HORSE must perform from joy. Praising a horse frequently with voice, a gentle pat, or relaxing the reins is very important to keep the horse interested and willing. If the horse offers piaffe, for instance, because he’s excited, praise him for it. You shouldn’t stop the lesson at that point nor make a big deal out of it. If you don’t want piaffe, quietly urge him forward into trot, but you should NEVER punish him for offering the piaffe.
xx Ride with love! – and boundaries.
Photo from my early morning practice with Papillon.