Dressage Solutions: Forward Half Halts to Open the Throatlatch

Try this tip from Carl Hester.

To help your half halts become more forward so they open your horse’s throatlatch…

Imagine that those half halts open the underside of your horse’s neck to make it more in the shape of a U instead of a V. —Carl Hester

(Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz)

Carl Hester is a five-time Olympian and a true horseman. In addition to his own position on the 2016 British Olympic team aboard Nip Tuck, he was also the trainer of all the other British riders who clinched the team silver medal in Rio. Hester has Olympic, World and European Championship gold, silver and bronze medals to his credit. Most recently, he won the individual bronze medal at the 2017 World Cup Final in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2013, Queen Elizabeth awarded Hester an MBE: a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

This article first appeared in the June 2018 issue of Dressage Today.