We were able to play a bit with Junior's understanding of the piaffe being in place and not bringing his legs underneath his belly. I'm going to have to teach him the piaffe more as a circus trick than I'd like, but it may be best in the long run. Maybe I'll teach him in his stall so there's no connection between in-hand work and "work." Maybe he'll piaffe for his dinner and think it's a great game?? He flaps his lips for the leaf blower or vacuum in his mouth, why not wiggle your feet for food?
The best feeling I had was after we'd worked the piaffe, Pam had me go extended trot back to collected, then halt in front of her to take a few steps of up and down with the hind legs to the stick, back to trot right away to extended trot. This was done several times and then Pam yelled, "now passage!" It was the best feeling I've had yet. Junior just offered the passage and danced along light and happy. SO COOL!!!
Here's a link Michelle provided of some of the work at the end of our ride...