Dressage Solutions: To Know If Your Half Halt Worked

Try this tip from Steffen Peters

To know if your half halt worked… 

The feeling you’re after is that of an airplane touching down, when the back wheels have landed but the nose is still up.
It’s a feeling of uphill lightness with power. Sit momentarily deeper and with both ca lves, push the horse forward.
Think “light and uphill.” If it worked, your horse will move forward with energy and power, but will be lighter than before
the half halt.—Steffen Peters

(Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz)

Steffen Peters moved to the United States from his native Germany in1986. A member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic bronze-medal team
and a double gold medalist at tile 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival, Steffen operates a training and sales business in California.

This article first appeared in the July 1997 issue of Dressage Today.