EX­ER­CISE: 4 HALF-PASS

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As this ex­er­cise is more ad­vanced, ride it in walk un­til you and your horse both feel con­fi­dent with it. This move­ment is gen­er­ally rid­den on the di­ag­o­nal rather than on the track and re­quires bal­ance and good en­gage­ment of the hindlegs. Ini­tially, ride a few steps at a time, then ride straight, then half-pass again. Ride across the di­ag­o­nal line, aim­ing your horse’s shoul­ders at the marker you’re head­ing for but, rather than stay­ing straight, as you come onto the di­ag­o­nal, ask with your out­side leg for the hindlegs to come in­side. Your in­side leg con­trols the bend and helps with bal­ance. You just want a tiny an­gle on an in­ex­pe­ri­enced horse as this can be in­creased as he gets stronger. Main­tain the bend with your up­per body and in­side rein. Your horse should be al­most par­al­lel to the long side and it’s not cor­rect to have the hindlegs lead­ing, al­though some­times they’ll trail slightly if he’s find­ing it dif­fi­cult. Keep the im­pul­sion but don’t travel too fast, in­stead con­cen­trate on get­ting the cor­rect speed, en­gage­ment and con­tact. It can be use­ful for in­ex­pe­ri­enced horses for some­one to walk the half-pass in front of him to lead the way – this is good for the rider too as they then have less to con­cen­trate on.

Some horses, like Frank, will try to tilt out of the con­act in half-pass

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