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How To Ride The Half Halt

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

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.

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