Since you have made a dressage assumption and I feel I have some knowledge in this area I will tell you that unless the halt is to test control or obedience they should never do it to correct speed or balance. |
The most acceptable correction for too much speed or for balance loss is directional changes. The lost of impulsion (which is what a halt will do) is the last thing a dressage rider wants. I good rider learns to manage what the horse gives you and redirect it.
THAT is dressage.
I do however see over and over again a rider using a wall or fence line to stop a horse after jumping and all that does, is show me loss of control and poor riding.
Great post, and I completely agree. Now, I am no where at the level of dressage you are, nor am as experienced as you are - but what I was taught through clinics, is exactly as you described.
I was shown that you do circles directly after a fence and move on doing dressage movements - or as Hunters call it - flatwork. Then go over the next fence, and repeat.
I have seen the halt thing done, and I disagree with it. I don't see any functionallity that comes from it - afterall, you must have balance, rhythm, control, tempo, straitness, calmness before the fence. If you don't have that, why bother going over a fence until you correct the issues first.
I appreciate your input very much.