Originally Posted by Shasta1981
This is going to be great! My timing was HORRENDOUS in practice but I really like this diagonal half halt - especially for an OTTB. It makes a lot of sense. Most horses favor one side over the other anyway.
I was thinking though - I learned how to half halt the way MIEventer explained the way she half halts (on both sides.) Makes some sense because I learned how to ride from an eventer. So, since we know that there are a few different ways to half halt, then wouldn't each way be best suited to different disciplines? I think I would prefer to use the whole-body, back leverage if needed, both sides half halt on an XC course as opposed to the alternating diagonal half halt that we have been discussing. Does that make sense?
Up to this point I have explain basic half halting however advanced half halting will become more of "adjustments" to the balance of the horse and here is where most people get muddled.
If the horse has advanced in a correct manner and the rider understands the aids then the half halt becomes customized for each horse.
Also up to this point I have explained it more in its usage relating to the trot to make the explanation clearer.
We should also know that the walk is to train the rider ( slower gait to figure out where everything goes).
The trot is the training gait as it is from this gait that corrections and balances can be more easily corrected and impulsion more easily defined.
The canter quality is the result of correct and advanced work at the trot.
My own horse was taught as I have explained it. He was ridden X country by a trainer that also rides like I have explained. He has done dressage and hunter and jumper with no change in the way the aids are given and he is not a TB or OTTB. So I believe it has cross discipline ability as it is in understanding WHAT the aids do that the basis from what this thread sprang from.