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        07-17-2011, 10:39 PM
    I could be completely off here but I sort of think of it as a "hesitation" of the muscles... Like say you're running track and come up to a hurdle.. Your muscles sort of tighten and slow right before the jump but they maintain the strength and impulsion. Like MBP said.. a compression.
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        07-17-2011, 10:46 PM
    Hmm. Ok what about shifting the balance back to the outside hind leg? Or what about shifting weight so that the hind end is lower than the front, and energy is in the back, like a parallelogram? Still too vague?
        07-17-2011, 10:52 PM
    Originally Posted by Shasta1981    
    Hmm. Ok what about shifting the balance back to the outside hind leg? Or what about shifting weight so that the hind end is lower than the front, and energy is in the back, like a parallelogram? Still too vague?

    Almost there. But is it the outside leg or inside and exactly what is happening.
        07-17-2011, 10:54 PM

    The front end sort of pauses and the hind catches up and engages. In the actual halt this happens, but the front end stops. In the half halt the front (and rear) end continue after the hh.

    ...Or something.
        07-17-2011, 10:54 PM
    Green Broke
    Going to give it a go:

    I think of it like a pause, a moment for the hindquarters of the horse to 'catch up' to the forehand.

    To do this, you need to be aware of which leg is touching the ground at which time and cue at the appropriate time so that the leg on the ground has some leverage with which to execute the 'pause' because if you cue too early, you block the motion of the hind rather than using it as a base.

    Because of the variety of situations you might use this in, the cues with the seat, legs and hands may differ.

    ETA: Eliz, you and I posted at the same time!! Spyder, you posted while I was thinking ;)
        07-17-2011, 11:00 PM
    One bit of knowledge you should be aware cannot influence a grounded leg.
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        07-17-2011, 11:03 PM
    Green Broke
    Well my timing is for sure a little off then! Looking forward to seeing more responses...
        07-17-2011, 11:09 PM
    It asks the next stride to be more forward, while asking that the 'forwardness' does not actually result in speed, but in the next stride being even further under themselves than the last?
        07-17-2011, 11:10 PM
    Hmmm. How about shifting weight to the inside hind leg so that the outside can push off?
        07-17-2011, 11:13 PM
    You two are getting closer.

    But remember that energy is never lost but converted.

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