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