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    08-28-2011, 03:44 PM
Originally Posted by mumiinek    
Does that then mean "half halt on the outside rein along with the inside leg"? I've always been taught "steady contact on the outside rein and half halt on the inside rein" (with inside leg on the girth)... So that's all wrong?

People will teach the "half halt" in many ways and in theory you can half halt anyway you wish. Problems will show up later in riding when the aids become more complicated and you will have to change everything you have been taught because they will no longer "get you by".

Just as a canter aid using the outside leg back will have you wringing your hands in frustration when you have to teach the horse to trot half pass by using..guess what...the outside leg back.

Look at the half halt as an adjustment to ANY side of the horse that needs it.
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    08-28-2011, 04:06 PM
I remember we've been to the canter/leg yielding cue before. It still surprises me some people will fight for it and swear the outside leg is the only way to go.

So if we get back to the left turn and I get it all right - the half halt comes on the outside rein with an inside leg when left front/right hind just left the ground and that will shorten the inside hing leg's stride. I know I can pretty much do it anyway I want to but then I wouldn't be here as I want to know how to do it correctly

I still need to read all you wrote at least once again tomorrow... I'm at the point where my brain pretty much refuses to understand english lol
    08-28-2011, 04:56 PM
Originally Posted by mumiinek    
...and that will shorten the inside hing leg's stride...
Uh, of course it won't, since that one is grounded. Another piece fell into its place! Lol
    08-28-2011, 05:48 PM
Originally Posted by mumiinek    
Uh, of course it won't, since that one is grounded. Another piece fell into its place! Lol
The half halt given just prior would have affected this leg.

So if you drive alternately you will catch each hind leg at the right time and the rein aid will ensure that both hind legs will take an equal distance.

So when approaching a turn you will go into advanced mode and adjust the NUMBER of aids( and or the strength) you may give to each side.

The one drive with one squeeze is the very basic aid. Two or more quick squeezes ( or quick leg aids) to enhance one side of the horse is when the rider knows their horse so well that they will be using just finger motion and just the barest of seat/spur motion to make adjustments within the half halt itself.

This is the "whisper" communication that the horse understands as easily as if you were talking to a person standing 2 feet from you.

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