Courtney King-Dye - 09/29/16 - Half halts and self carriage

Courtney King-Dye clarifies one of the most essential skills in riding- the half halt.  The total running time of this three part video is 45:30.

Video Description

Courtney King-Dye begins this session by introducing the rider and the main goal for the lesson- increasing the responsiveness to the half halt. The mare appears to travel too low, but the rider points out that she used to travel with her head straight up in the air. By her traveling too low, the running through the half halts is exacerbated, so they work on keeping her nose up through the transitions. They warm up with several transitions always remembering to give and then go to the canter. Courtney suggests that the rider needs to give more so that the mare doesn’t lean on her hands. She explains how the horse should do the transition as the rider gives. They circle at the trot, asking for the walk transition while keeping the hindquarters down and the hind leg pushing to the bridle. They then do trot-walk-trot transitions in quick succession to encourage the half halts.

Courtney King-Dye-USA
Courtney King-Dye represented the USA in the 2008 Bejing Olympics. Additionally she represented the USA in the 2007 Rolex World Cup in Las Vegas, Nevada. Courtney works and trains on the East Coast.

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