Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
I was generally taught that any half pass position should be forward as well as side ways. Bend your horse in the direction you're moving away from and make sure she's not 100% parallel to the wall she's moving towards, the front legs should be a bit more towards the wall. If moving to the right, use left leg behind the girth and right leg at the girth, this lets her know to move forward as well as sideways. Keep the right rein the same(do not give) and pull slightly on the left, this will prevent her from just craning her head around and force her to bend from the shoulders. Also, turn your hips(don't twist at the waist, shoulders and hips must be parallel) so that a bit more of your weight in on your left seatbone. I wouldn't suggest just going sideways as its always best to have the horse step infront and across, not behind.
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