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post #11 of 23 Old 08-22-2014, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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This is so awesome! I just love the Haflingers, beautiful horses.
As for the stopping, I think the best way to get a good stop is to just practice a lot. Also, make it as gentle as possible. When you're schooling, go on a straight line (at the walk at first) and go through these steps:
Say "whoa," or halt command at choice, nothing else, just the vocal command.
If that doesn't work, sit back. Just sit back.
If that doesn't work, LIGHT rein contact.
If that doesn't work, progressively more rein contact until you get a halt. Then release your reins and big big pets.
Keep going through this process until all you have to do is say the word. Do it at all gaits. Make sure your horse isn't on his forehand, as that will make a good halt difficult. That is what I did with my OTTB, and he comes to a complete stop at all gaits just from a strong, enunciated "woah."


Hattie does respond well to voice commands and when out galloping all I have to do is say woah and she slows which is lovely, but in the dressage ring I mustn't speak :) She does respond well to half halts and goes with a light contact, but I mess things up when trying to get a square balanced halt.

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post #12 of 23 Old 08-22-2014, 04:03 PM
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Fantastic. Adda girl Hattie. I especially loved the canter transition.
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Feel free to comment on my riding, I would be particularly interested on way to improve the halt which was poor in the Novice test
One of the things that many people don't think about with the halt, is that it is a VERY forward movement, if done correctly. Many people just tell the horse to stop with the hands and some seat and minimal legs. As a result, the horse falls forward onto the forhand.....then the horse's head comes up, the back hollows and they often fall onto one shoulder causing them to slip sideways.

As you ride the halt, increase the leg during the halt. Make the horse step forward with the haunch as he is stopping. Then, as soon as the horse halts, release all that energy you created by relaxing the hand. Otherwise, the horse will still be energized and seek escape. If they hit a hard hand still holding the rein, they will step back. It is a delicate balancing act....how much leg/hand/seat.....

What a nice haffie!!

I would say you need to create more and better bend. You were unable to really use your corners (a terribly useful tool to energize and balance the test) because the horse didn't bend well enough. It was especially seen in the canter where he, at times, even counterbent a bit. He fell pretty heavily on his inside shoulder.

On your trot diagonals.....slow that tempo down. He got a "quickening" instead of a lengthening. Keep him light on the forehand because if he is heavy, he will quicken every time. The diagonals are where using your corners in a tactical manner will be especially helpful.

Ok, no more nit picking. What I saw here was a lovely team who's going to have a fabulous time. That haffie is very talented (as seen by your placing). When bending and lightening improves will be even harder to beat.

Keep up the great work!!!
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post #14 of 23 Old 08-22-2014, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Allison that is extremely helpful. She does stop easily on the seat aids but I think it is the energy that we are really lacking.

You are spot on about the bend and she was bending the wrong way in one direction on the canter which she does less at home ( the hedges with the other horses schooling behind were a bit unsettling in our defence). We haven't done much work on medium steps and in the lesson the day before I realised how hard it was to not let her just rush forward, so again lots to think about but I'm optimistic we can do better in time I was most proud of our straight entrance - this is something we usually wobble on and we've never had an 8 before for it

Next session I shall get to work on using those corners
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That is one of the very few Haffies I ever seen moving forward!

Watch not leaning in as in the third picture and the only other thing is for you to keep your thumbs uppermost.

Well done!
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That is one of the very few Haffies I ever seen moving forward!

Watch not leaning in as in the third picture and the only other thing is for you to keep your thumbs uppermost.

Well done!

Thank you

I have a real problem with my left hand...it drops lower than the right and gives the occasional downward pull, but I'm working on controlling it (it seems to have a life of it's own), but if I can remember to keep that thumb uppermost then I think that would help - thanks
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He he - next time I come over to the real world I might just call in and give you a lesson!
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He he - next time I come over to the real world I might just call in and give you a lesson!
I can see your Island from the top of a local hill , it would be lovely to meet you and pick your brains over a lesson too
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Beautiful! I have a Haffie that absolutely despises flatwork so I have to jump her to keep her somewhat sane lol. I love seeing Haffies in dressage, they're just the cutest things! Congratulations on your placing sand keep up the good work :)
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Beautiful! I have a Haffie that absolutely despises flatwork so I have to jump her to keep her somewhat sane lol. I love seeing Haffies in dressage, they're just the cutest things! Congratulations on your placing sand keep up the good work :)
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Hattie loves to jump too we've entered a 2'6 to 2'9 sj class today and have a ODE next Saturday. I'm a bit worried that the sj will be a bit high for her (although she does it at home) but she can jump 3' at xc
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