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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

How to Achieve the Perfect Halt?

Well Coco is trying so hard for me at the moment and is going really well, he rides in a lovely powerful but soft outline however there is one thing we just cant seem to crack and that is our halt! The last step he leaves his backend behind, flattens out, looses his outline and pulls at my hands. he is not strong to stop, in fact most I barely have to use the reins as he is responsive to seat and I am trying to really ride him in to it but the last step into halt it just falls apart! I practiced it alot out hacking and wondered if I backed him up after halting if that would encourage him to get his back legs underneath him which resulte din a lovely bouncy outline as soon as we moved forward again but still not quite getting the halt bit right!

 

Does anyone have any tips or excersises on how I can improve and work on his halt as it seems to be the one thing we cant crack!  

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jenhavocmanny

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Re: How to Achieve the Perfect Halt?

Absolutely no idea on tips, but this has given me inspiration to do a bit of schooling! Thankyou!

Jen

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DuffyDuck

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DuffyDuck says:

Re: How to Achieve the Perfect Halt?

Its nearly midnight here, but will post in the morning!

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jenappaloosapony

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Re: How to Achieve the Perfect Halt?

 For a square halt, (sorry if this sounds confusing, it is hard for me to explain) but I ride Jen forward into it, then pull slightly then I say woah then stand. It works for me, but it takes a while esp if you have a fizzy horse!

JennyMyAppaloosa♥Loveyou

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DuffyDuck

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DuffyDuck says:

Re: How to Achieve the Perfect Halt?

Sorry I didn't answer ealier.. have no fear, I am here ;)

I wouldn't advise backing up after halting- what is it going to achieve, apart from teaching your horse to back up when you halt?

A common problem of good working horses falling apart at a halt is not being ridden in to the halt. By this, I mean that you as the rider think okay.. annddd... halt. When it should be. Halt. Now. Smackbang. An instant reaction rather than slowing the horse down, therefore taking the power from the hind end.

You need your horse working in a good, soft outline, but moving forwards. I find rising trot, then sitting a couple of strides before the halt much easier in a more forwards trot at first rather than having to concentrate on keeping balanced, forward, sitting trot and halting.

As soon as your horse halts, give the reins fore. If he wants to snatch at them, give him a boot in the side. This works for 90% of horses I know. The other 10% are arses, and require a quick sharp half halt on the outside rein so they realise who it is sat on them. I carry a small crop with Duffy, and she went through a habit of head tossing, with no contact on the reins, in a halt. Simply impatience. So, I used it on her shoulder, legs squeezed on and she's brilliant now- no more issues.

When you ride, you need to make sure that your half halts are correctly times, and not just here there and everywhere. As the inside hind leg comes through, you apply the half halt. Your inside rein should have a steady contact turning the horse's nose and neck slightly to the inside bend.

You need to feel as though you are wrapping your legs around him, keeping his back up, and feel as though even though you are halting you are asking for impulsion for him to stand neat and tidy. Don't back off with your legs when he's stood nicely, give the rein fore instead. Wait for 2-3 counts, and walk or trot on.

It takes time, and practise, and the more you do it the better it will become.

Just remember
Correct half halts
Warm horse
Sit tall
Wrap your legs round his belly and keep them on.

Do you have a video at all??

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Chico4ever

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Chico4ever says:

Re: How to Achieve the Perfect Halt?

 Hi

When i am trying to get my horse to do the perfect halt i start pulling just before the letter i am halting at.

When your horse has halted your knee should be in line with the letter 

hope this helps!

Chico4ever

 

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: How to Achieve the Perfect Halt?

Thanks so much for the advice and a massive thanks to Daffyduck, your advice is awesome! I schooled Coco yesterday and really tried and although not perfect, we are definitely improving! When you said the issue is often thinkging  'ok....and ....halt' that really rang a bell with me! I have been trying to ride him into it but the last step I was obviously taking my legs off to get the halt which was when it was falling apart! yesterday I pushed him into it and it was much better, still not quite achieveing the outline but he wasn't pulling at my hands in the same way so with a bit more practice we will crack it!  

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DuffyDuck

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DuffyDuck says:

Re: How to Achieve the Perfect Halt?

Glad to have helped :)
It won't be an automatic change, but working on it will help improve it so much! When he softens his mouth, you soften your hands and only hands.. don't give him the chance to fall apart, and don't soften so much in the beginning that he thinks he can start tugging, increase it over a period of weeks ;)

 

Also, Chico, I wouldn't advise 'pulling' your horse to a halt.... for many reasons, unless I misunderstood your post :)

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