Half Halt

Credit: Susan J. Stickle Paying attention to a horse’s mental and physical development is an important part of Lisa Wilcox’s training. Here she rides Gallant Reflection HU.

Peeling the Onion for Greater Degrees of Throughness with Lisa Wilcox

An American Olympian describes her system for developing her horses mentally and physically from their start as young horses to the Grand Prix.

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How to Ride the Half Halt with Jan Ebeling

The half halt is a combination of forward aids and restricting aids that will put your horse in balance and on the bit.

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A Four-Step Checklist to Begin Every Ride

Use this easy-to-follow checklist as a tool to check in on your horse's responsiveness to each of the aids.

Credit: Annie Morris The aids of a sophisticated half halt are a minute calf lift/fluff to increase the energy, a pause in hip movement while slightly increasing the weight of your seat bones, closing either one (usually the outside) or both hands into fists on the reins during a moment of increased tone in your forearms, triceps, latissimus dorsi and trapezius—lats and traps.

How Do I Ride a Half Halt?

USDF certified instructor Jennifer Truett offers her advice

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How to Maintain Correct Bend in the Half Pass

Madeleine Austin explains the "ingredients" of a successful half pass.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - Arnd.nl If your horse offers passage while out hacking, think upward half halts to help lift his shoulders while your lower legs lift his belly in the rhythm of the trot

When Your Dressage Horse Offers Passage During a Hack

Chris Hickey shares how you can harness your horse's natural passage steps to teach passage in the arena.

Credit: Jerry Morris 1. The rider uses a combination of the lower back, seat and leg to bring the horse’s energy evenly into both reins without changing the rhythm or tempo of the gait. This step brings the horse’s energy forward toward the bit.

Half Halts Simplified with Kathy Connelly

Kathy Connelly teaches you simple steps to practice and perfect the half halt.

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Why Good Basics Are So Important in Dressage

Gabriel Armando draws on his personal experience to explain why all dressage riders need a solid foundation of basic skills.

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Finding the Ideal Free Walk

Understand what constitutes a correct free walk and learn how you can help your horse produce a better free walk.

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My First Kiss: The Half Halt

A neurosurgeon finds that learning the half halt is more difficult than performing brain surgery.

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9 Techniques to Improve the Halt, Part 2

FEI trainer Volker Brommann explains how to develop the halt through the training levels and gives tips on how to improve this movement and correct common problems.

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Four Stages to Halt

FEI trainer Volker Brommann explains how good halts develop from a foundation of trust, understanding and patience.

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Dressage Work on the Second Track

Incorporate this into your training to improve connection and straightness and help you feel the effects of having a horse truly on the outside rein, a critical component of any half halt.

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5 Steps to Shoulder-In with Michelle Gibson

An Olympic bronze medalist shares her strategy for learning and polishing this pivotal movement.

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Exercises for a Horse Heavy on the Forehand

Raul de Leon answers a reader's question on how to cope with a horse that is heavy on the forehand.

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A U.S. Clinic with Dressage Legend Carl Hester

Get an inside look at this British dressage great's first clinic in America.

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A Long Neck Equals a More Rideable Horse

Successful riding at the upper levels of dressage begins with teaching your horse to come through his back with a long neck and go to the hand.

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Tips to Improve Trot Lengthening Transitions

Cindy Sydnor critiques this rider and 9-year-old mare.

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Connect Your Horse in Shoulder-Fore

How to use upward and downward transitions with half-halts in shoulder-fore.

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Hilda Gurney: First Level Movements with Young Horses

Learn how to begin schooling First Level movements with a 4-year-old.