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.
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 doesnâ€™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.