Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Ahhh the half halt.
Really all it is is a moment for you and your horse to rebalance. Think about it, when you get too out of synch with your horse, you'll stop and try over right? Well this is similar, except you don't stop. I'll use the canter as a good example: if your horse needs to rebalance, you can do one of about 3 things: 1) keep going and rebalance in a corner 2) stop and start again, or 3) do a half halt. The half halt is where all of your aids say "stop!" for a split second before you drive forwards again.
So say you're getting a little strung out at the canter... think whoa with your aids, and before your horse actually does stop, drive him forwards again, and he should be more collected and rebalanced.
It is very confusing and will take some time to get a feel for.. but eventually you'll get there.
My explanations are usually quite vague, so let me know if I should explain better.
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