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post #21 of 23 Old 06-21-2012, 12:33 AM
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A half halt is half of a halt.

Leg on the horse to ask for impulsion, stop hip motion for 1-2 strides, squeeze rein for one to two strides, release and follow with your seat.

It helps to re-balance the horse and let them know something is coming next (what I do for my green horse)

If you don't ask the horse for impulsion first, then they slow down and lose their drive.

Gotta do it properly, with the help of a riding instructor if you aren't familiar with it. Or you can teach it the wrong way and it will be useless.

This is an old thread: https://www.horseforum.com/dressage/m...s-92170/page5/

but has good information in it.



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post #22 of 23 Old 06-28-2012, 11:41 PM
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Half halts are always helpful.
My last horse used to lean very heavily on my hands. I too found that dropping contact and pushing him forward helped him to find his own balance. Also, if you have them taking your guy over trot poles with a loose rein will really help him pick himself up and learn to balance.
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post #23 of 23 Old 07-03-2012, 05:26 PM
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Initially there are 2 ways to go
#1 Drop the contact. Horse "hanging" on hands, hands getting blisters? Make reins so loose horse can not depend on rider to hold their head up. When horse falls on face pick up reins and start riding normally. Repeat as necessary.

#2 Dropping contact hasn't worked - so what now? IF you are a GOOD rider and have CONSISTENT contact you can try this method - Keeping/maintaining same contact with outside rein - take inside rein and "bump" rein straight up in the sir then IMMEDIATELY revert that rein back to the original position. This means the horse, whose head was down leaning on the reins, will jerk head into the air and off your hands. Then horse will realize reins are back where they started and should go back to correct contact. Horse will not immediately realize the bump will be your method of training him/her to get off your hands - so you will need to repeat this MANY times in the future. IF rider is consistent with this correction (and performs correction correctly) then horse will eventually stop leaning so heavily on hands. If rider has no clue they will be introducing more problems to the horse. Clueless riders should stay with technique #1 (above). ALSO - horses need to develop the correct topline muscle in order to hold up their own head/necks, so fixing the problem permanently WILL take time.
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