Originally Posted by Kayty
So many misconceptions of what a half halt is!!
There are so many riders who are under the impression that the half halt is a very simple, tug of the rein and steady, but it is far from it. I'm not sure where the former notion comes from, whether it is from incorrect coaching, pony club or just basic ideas formed in ones own head, but riders need to understand that a half halt is far from a simple tug on the rein and is in fact quite a complicated series of aids used to achieve a specific goal.
^A few weeks ago I volunteered to help out at a "Horsemanship Skills
" seminar for my county's 4-H. A couple of other people brought horses and demonstrated the maneuvers that are deemed to fall into "Level 1 and 2" horsemanship skills.The gentleman who was explaining the program asked the volunteer riders for a check and release, and then said that it is the same thing as a half-halt. I about fell out of my chair. Not only was his description of a half-halt completely wrong, but, IMHO, a true half-halt is not a level 1 movement in any sense of that idea.
After seeing and volunteering at several of these seminars, the amount of missing or wrong info doled out on most of the topics covered is astounding.