COMING TO A H AL T
Hopefully, if the previous exercises have worked, achieving a square halt should be easy. To begin with, you may not recognise whether your halt is square or not. Ask a friend to tell you whether your horse is standing square, or if you have arena mirrors, use these. If your horse doesn’t halt square you need to quietly ask him to step forward with your corresponding leg. Maintain your contact as you ask, so that he doesn’t walk off.
a) In tr ot, turn ont o the centre line and pick a point where you want your horse t o halt. b) Keep looking up and ahead, with your shoulders back, and sit a little deeper in the saddle . c) You need t o ride the hind legs into the halt and ask for the tr ansition from your seat, rather than from your hand. d) A little pla y down the reins will help maintain a softness and r elaxation in his neck. e) As y ou ask f or halt, try moving your leg back a fraction to channel your horse into the halt and so that you can c ontrol the position of his body . f) If the halt is squar e, it should feel as if y our horse’s weight is e venly distributed and you should be able to feel his hind legs underneath your seat.