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    10-31-2012, 10:43 AM
Obviously we have very different instructors!
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    10-31-2012, 08:02 PM
Um... bluebird?????? What the????

Better let every Dressage rider world wide know that they can't use half halts in any pace but walk then?
A half halt is used to rebalance a horse, and shift more weight to the hind legs. Generally in preperation for a chance of direction or pace. Depending on the horse, I can ride up to 20 half halts on a 20m circle, in walk, trot, canter (including in any lateral movement I so desire to ride at the time). Half halts are NOT simply almost halting to slow the horse down. There are full novels written on the topic of the half halt, and there are so very few riders who can ride a half halt to its full effectiveness. I've been practicing for years, and still don't feel that every one of my half halts connects. It is a forever growing learning curve to ride a correct half halt. In fact, I find it as satisfying to ride a perfectly executed half halt, as I do to ride a lovely half pass or pirouette!!!

A flying change is executed in canter, where there is a 'jump' in the gait. The horse changes lead from left to right/right to left, without breaking to trot or walk.

I suggest Bluebird that you talk to your instructor more thoroughly, and if he/she maintains that a half halt can ONLY be ridden in walk, or that a flying change is any alteration to any pace.... then find someone that knows the back end of the horse from the front, as this information is SO incorrect that it's not even amusing.
    10-31-2012, 08:22 PM
A half halt is done at all gaits, it's your clutch!
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    10-31-2012, 10:08 PM
That's when you push the clutch in to shift gears.
    11-01-2012, 01:04 AM
I tried to follow what you all described, and I read thru the thread Kayty posted. I think I understand what it should be like, but right now I'm kind of trial and error with actually doing it with my pony.
The way I figured out worked the best was just like 'checking' a little bit with the reins and just kind of bracing/shifting my seat a little. I really felt him load up, like a loaded spring kind of. (I can really feel it bareback, because his back muscles change.)
I found that it only really seemed 'work' to me at a canter/lope. He just thought he had to slow down at a walk and trot.
I really felt a good half halt while I was taking him from a canter to a gallop when I was breezing him around the pasture bareback!
It really is seeming like a good thing to know! I hope it helps him get his back end working harder than it is (he's a bit heavy on the forehand)
We're working on it! Thanks for letting me know!
    11-01-2012, 10:02 AM
This seems like a great instructional video because it shows you the actual difference in the horses carriage.

Depending on the horse and style, it will look different. When using a HH on an Arab, their head comes in and more arch then more up like in the video, but the collection is the same. And it is used in more then dressage and at any gait. NI love the way the previous poster explained it as it's the clutch.
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    11-01-2012, 11:01 AM
One of the best explanations of half halting:

... remember, a half halt should should be hard to see! :)
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    11-01-2012, 11:41 AM
Originally Posted by jinxremoving    
One of the best explanations of half halting:

how to do a half halt erin king H 264 - YouTube

... remember, a half halt should should be hard to see! :)
That is what I was trying to explain. Unfortunately I have been shot down in flames along with my instructor...LOL
    11-01-2012, 12:41 PM
Originally Posted by Bluebird    
That is what I was trying to explain. Unfortunately I have been shot down in flames along with my instructor...LOL
That is nothing like what you were trying to explain, sorry. You very clearly said that a half-halt cannot be done in other gaits than walk, this video showed them using it in every gait.
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    11-01-2012, 03:30 PM
Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
That is nothing like what you were trying to explain, sorry. You very clearly said that a half-halt cannot be done in other gaits than walk, this video showed them using it in every gait.
Will you get off my case? I can only explain what I have been taught. I didn't write the rules. Whatever my instructor has taught me, works for me and my horse who is a heavy Clydesdale! We have competed at dressage at the Highland Games and at the age of 4, my boy was placed 2nd in the novice class at his and my first ever attempt. I will ofcourse also try some of the moves other people have explained. Different strokes for different folks LOL.

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