Crooked in the halt

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    04-24-2014, 01:23 PM
Crooked in the halt

Hi everyone,
I have started doing dressage in small school shows on the new pony I lease. He is great at dressage but hasn't been schooled properly in a while. His previous leaser was a dressage rider and took him to a much higher level than I'm at. I have a problem where, when we halt on the centre line he is straight while walking down it but as soon as I ask him to halt, he swings his hindquarters one way. What can I do to get him to stop doing this? Thanks in advance
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    04-24-2014, 06:43 PM
Honestly, to make it better, practice doing it a lot, on the wall so you have a wall to support the straightness and also on the centerline. Make sure your body is really straight, not tipping to one side or pulling one shoulder back. If he consistently throws the hip to one side, close that rein to create a 'wall' to keep his hind end straight. I.e. If his hip swings to the right as you halt, close the right rein to keep it straight. Pushing them more forward helps as well, practice halting from a trot too, really push him forward and straight into the halt, make sure you and your horse are straight before asking for the halt.

Hope that helps.
    04-24-2014, 06:54 PM
Is he square or stopping crooked or swaying to one side? And is consistently to one side?

A couple of suggestions: 1 stop next to the wall so he cannot swing, repeatedly. 2 widen the hands slightly when you sit taller to halt and pulse the aids. 3 make sure that both legs are dropped evenly from hip to heel (likely you are holding somehow more on one side. 4 work on halts from trot as well (make sure he is not too low/closed.

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