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22nd Mar 2000, 12:02 AM
hi, can anyone please tell me what a half halt is? if i knew i'm sure it would help!
22nd Mar 2000, 12:41 AM
A half halt, is what it suggests Sophie. Correctly applied, the horse almost comes back to the pace below, then is immediately sent forward again.When watching some of the best video footage of half halts that you will ever see, to be found on Hungarian/german trainer Kalman de Jurenak's wonderful Classical Schooling Tape 2, one of my students remarked' It's like a freeze frame effect' which described it perfectly- the horse momentarily slows almost say from trot to walk, then straight back to trot again. Properly done, it achieves collection in the horse, by engaging his hindquarters more,so that he steps under and compresses the joints of his hindlegs, giving more spring and expression to the pace, and lifting an lightening the forehand.
Lots of instructors just tell you to half halt by checking with the outside rein. This is not a true half halt, as it merely focuses his attention, rather than having a rebalancing and collecting effect. If ever you get the chance to see the video that I have just mentioned, it is one that you will sit there with your mouth open, just marvelling at the riding and the beauty of the horses working.
I use it to show my students the correct way of working and have probably watched it most weeks with them since it came out about five years ago. I can honestly say that i never tire of watching it- which is more than can be said for some of the other videos that i use to show the wrong way to do it, sadly, all of them British riders.
Hope this helps,
22nd Mar 2000, 03:16 PM
Heather, I would like to see this tape do you know where it can be ordered from ?
My only reservation is the fact I am not sure it will work OK in my french machine as French and English TVs work on different systems but I guess I could watch it while over visiting in the UK once I got my hands on it. I also want to get a copy of your's and think I can get from Feedmark.
22nd Mar 2000, 04:15 PM
I think English tapes work ok in French machines - but they might play in black and white. i bought a french tape recently and it plays in B&W.
22nd Mar 2000, 11:17 PM
thanks heather, got any tips on how to achieve a good half halt?
27th Mar 2000, 09:35 PM
Elaine has posted the same question on the Training the rider section ie 'What is a half-halt?'.
Sophie, riding a true half-halt is actually quite an advanced movement, and requires the hrose to be ata reasonable level of training to be able to execute it properly. The horse must be able to execute really smooth upward and downward transitions first, remaing calmly on the bit and stepping through from behind. If your horse is not working in this way yet, then he really is not ready to try half halts. What level are you working at?
31st Mar 2000, 07:41 AM
You don't hear the term half halt that often in riding schools. Half halts are usually learned after you have mastered the basics of riding and have acheieved a good seat. I don't worry about half halts now and I have been riding with regualar lesson for 2 years. If you ride Dressage you might be more interested in learning the half halt. It is not as easy to do as many people try too make it too be. I once saw an entire video all on the half halt.
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