Halt square

Los­ing marks due to a wonky halt? Dres­sage rider and trainer El­iz­a­beth Allen helps you teach your horse to stand square ev­ery time

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How to achieve it ev­ery time

FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS COUNT, so be­ing able to halt square — where the po­si­tion of your horse’s hooves form a per­fect square — at the begin­ning (if re­quired) and end of your dres­sage test, is a sure way to earn a higher mark. In the quest to achieve that per­fect halt, many rid­ers can over-think and over-ride this tran­si­tion. The se­cret of suc­cess is to fo­cus on your horse’s way of go­ing first, so he’s re­spon­sive to your aids, light on his fore­hand, en­gaged and sup­ple. Then the halt is easy. To help you get it right, dres­sage rider and trainer El­iz­a­beth Allen guides you through a num­ber of ex­er­cises de­signed to teach your horse to halt square. Re­mem­ber to ride each ex­er­cise equally on both reins.

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