What's a Half Halt? - Page 3
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Horse Riding

What's a Half Halt?

This is a discussion on What's a Half Halt? within the Horse Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Half halts in riding tb

Like Tree23Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    11-01-2012, 04:12 PM
  #21
Trained
DoubleS, there are some good answers here, but IMHO what you wanted to know was how to learn to perform a half-halt, and then how/when to use it.
First, it's 1/2 of a halt, and, you change your mind and drive the horse forward after the 1/2 halt.
A full halt should be these things ALL IN UNISON:
--your body stops following the motion of the horse
--you squeeze your butt muscles
(see jinx's video)
--you stop following the bit, as if you have become a pole and the reins are a lead rope.
Practice a FULL halt and master this FIRST. The is how to correctly "brake" your horse, like you use the brakes in your car.
The 1/2-halt is a pumping of the brakes...except you use it when you ride. You don't have to be a master of the 1/2-halt for the horse to accept it. I've been using a half-halt on my young geldings and they understood it very quickly. It has enabled me to change speed within gaits for several years now, and I used it on my older herds when retraining already broken older horses successfully. Later on, I used it to prepare for changes of leads, changes of footing (that I could see and the horse couldn't)--there are numerous ways to use the half halt to rebalance your horse, so learn it and practice it every time your ride and your horse will just get more responsive to it.
ANYBODY who owns/rides a TB can tell you that you have to use a half-halt to slow them down bc they must slow down through all of the gears--no slide stops for a TB!
Like Nike--JUST DO IT! Everything is awkward at first, BUT, you'll get better. The invisible half-halt happens when BOTH the horse and rider have spent hours and years together practicing it. Just didn't want you to get discouraged. =D
jinxremoving likes this.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    11-02-2012, 11:57 AM
  #22
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Corporal    
A full halt should be these things ALL IN UNISON:
--your body stops following the motion of the horse
--you squeeze your butt muscles
(see jinx's video)
--you stop following the bit, as if you have become a pole and the reins are a lead rope.
Sorry--feel like I just gave you a recipe and omitted an ingredient
A full halt should be these things ALL IN UNISON:
--your body stops following the motion of the horse
--you squeeze your butt muscles
(see jinx's video)
--you stop following the bit, as if you have become a pole and the reins are a lead rope
--you squeeze your calves to push the horse into the bit but stop the energy with the reins
commonfish likes this.
     
    11-03-2012, 11:41 AM
  #23
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Corporal    
DoubleS, there are some good answers here, but IMHO what you wanted to know was how to learn to perform a half-halt, and then how/when to use it.
First, it's 1/2 of a halt, and, you change your mind and drive the horse forward after the 1/2 halt.
A full halt should be these things ALL IN UNISON:
--your body stops following the motion of the horse
--you squeeze your butt muscles
(see jinx's video)
--you stop following the bit, as if you have become a pole and the reins are a lead rope.
Practice a FULL halt and master this FIRST. The is how to correctly "brake" your horse, like you use the brakes in your car.
The 1/2-halt is a pumping of the brakes...except you use it when you ride. You don't have to be a master of the 1/2-halt for the horse to accept it. I've been using a half-halt on my young geldings and they understood it very quickly. It has enabled me to change speed within gaits for several years now, and I used it on my older herds when retraining already broken older horses successfully. Later on, I used it to prepare for changes of leads, changes of footing (that I could see and the horse couldn't)--there are numerous ways to use the half halt to rebalance your horse, so learn it and practice it every time your ride and your horse will just get more responsive to it.
ANYBODY who owns/rides a TB can tell you that you have to use a half-halt to slow them down bc they must slow down through all of the gears--no slide stops for a TB!
Like Nike--JUST DO IT! Everything is awkward at first, BUT, you'll get better. The invisible half-halt happens when BOTH the horse and rider have spent hours and years together practicing it. Just didn't want you to get discouraged. =D
Thanks so much! I understand much better now. My pony has a really good stop to him; he has nicely working brakes :) I think I'll go practice full halts and half halts! Like, now so I don't forget! ;)
Thanks again
Corporal likes this.
     

Tags
canter, half halt, halt, riding

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
half halt jolie1234 English Riding 18 07-21-2012 10:08 PM
Half halt?? caprita21 Jumping 5 03-28-2011 01:41 PM
Half Halt - what is it? SBSB Dressage 9 02-18-2011 02:27 PM
What is a half halt? Rod Horse Training 21 04-03-2010 08:46 AM
the half halt jeddah31 Horse Riding 2 03-12-2009 11:26 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0