Do you both have a solid leg yield and turn on the forehand? If you don't, you will never get the half pass
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Our leg yield is great, that's the only thing I am very confident that I'm doing right. The lateral movements are still really unfamiliar to me. My coach is helping me along though.
Please keep in mind this horse is a schoolmaster, NOT my personal horse. My personal horse is in a different country and he is at Training level dressage.
Sorry, what you are describing sky, is not a half pass. It is a counter bent LY.
Can you SI? Required for a HP. Can you travers? Renvers? Also things needed in a half pass.
Also, unless your coach has taught you what a correct HP is and gone through all the theory with you, don't attempt it. You are obviously confusing the horse and neither you or the horse are ready. It is not "a different way of moving" it is a mid level dressage exercise requiring a great deal of collection and submission to the aids. Dressage is not a sequence of tricks.
We work on leg yields, haunches in and haunches out. We also work on shoulder in and shoulder out. We don't progress until the horse is able to do each exercise when asked, correctly, and maintain it until asked. If the horse is stiff, we work on loosening them up before we ask again.
The horse definitely knows his job.. it's me with the issues since this is new to me.
We have loose rein walk breaks and plenty of trot and canter before we attempt the halfpass.
I've been able to ride the halfpass before when I asked him but this past lesson he was different which is why I asked if anyone had any advice. I'm pretty sure it was something I wasn't doing or maybe I didn't have my leg in the right place. I'm not sure.