Dressage scoring explained by Cesar Torrente No. 10. Irregularities in Piaffe.

November 9, 2017


  • How serious are rhythm faults in piaffe? If my horse does not show clear diagonals, or goes long short or shows double beat or is all the time unleveled, what marks may I get? In all these cases the mark must be below 5 because of the irregularity.
  • If while doing piaffe my horse falls into walk or canters during piaffe, what effect may that have on my score? It cannot be more than 3.

As in all other movements, first we have to confirm the regularity. In the piaffe irregular or jerky steps with the hind or front legs, no clear diagonal steps, or double-beat rhythm are all serious faults.