Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel
So say you have a horse that refuses to halt.. it's either a slow crawl or creeping, all while chomping on the bit, mouth gaping, pulling against the reins.
How would you get them to do this exercise because when you ask for a halt, you start soft with a deep seat and you have to keep holding the reins while the horse is trying to take them from you.. do you do... walk, trot, walk trot instead?
Nope, you keep doing walk-halt until the horse understands what you want. He'll come to understand what you want pretty quickly since that's ALL you will be doing, he'll expect it like a well schooled horse might expect flying lead changes in the corners of jumping courses. And when he expects it, he'll respond quickly. When he gets used to halting nicely this way, then you can up the difficulty factor and start asking for halts from the trot. It won't be perfect at first, but there will be time to finesse everything down the road.
If you have a horse that truly refuses to halt, then I would progress no further until that horse has a halt from a walk. I don't see why you would avoid something so crucial as a training a good halt just because the horse doesn't like to. That, and learning to turn, is the first thing my horses learned when they were young/restarted.