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Dressage Today Podcast: Half Halts Simplified

Hear a reading of popular training article "Half Halts Simplified" by Kathy Connelly, an international dressage rider, trainer, clinician, author and USEF “S” judge.

Welcome to the Dressage Today Podcast sponsored by USRider. Stephanie and Aviva take a look back at who they talked to in 2023, and Aviva answers an “Ask the L” question about how long to halt and salute. Then Stephanie does a reading of Half Halts Simplified with Kathy Connelly, which was the most read article on Dressage Today’s website in 2022.

Kathy Connelly, a renowned dressage trainer and instructor, breaks down the concept of half-halts in dressage riding. In this article, she simplifies this often-misunderstood technique and explains its importance in improving communication between horse and rider.

She also delves into the different types of half-halts and their purposes, such as the preparatory half-halt to prepare for a transition or movement, and the balancing half-halt to improve collection and balance in more advanced movements.

Connelly addresses common mistakes riders make when attempting half-halts, such as using too much rein or not engaging the hindquarters enough. She provides helpful tips and exercises to improve the rider’s understanding and execution of this technique.

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