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Piaffe with cordeo

August 2012

Maestro is developing very well lately in riding with a cordeo.


A cordeo is simply a neck rope which can be made out rope or leather.

Using a cordeo allows Maestro to make a choice: whether to listen or not.

He learns that if he doesn’t want to do something, I can’t make him.

Maestro-Piaffe Maestro-school-halt

The cordeo is a really interesting tool for investigation:

  • You can really discover whether your horse wants to work with you or not.
  • It’s a tool that allows you to measure how much your horse trusts you.
  • It reveals how much your horse wants to interact with you.

One of the benefits of using a cordeo is that you can almost never force the horse into doing what you want. Of course you can use and abuse every tool, so you can use a lot of pressure, but with almost no effect or control (most likely: he will go against the pressure). If you are receptive to it, the cordeo will teach you the principle of ‘less is more‘ and you discover how to train without having to use constant or controlling pressure.

By using it only as a communication tool, you can increase your bond with your horse.

My goal with the cordeo is also to develop the energetic aids and the seat and leg cues as precise as possible, with the result that while riding with full bridle and curb the smallest cues will lead to the ideal image of a collected, light and willing horse.


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