The half halt is referred to endlessly in equine texts in almost every equine discipline. Some use a half halt for every movement, others only to slow a horse. To confuse things even more, instructors talk about half halting on the inside, outside, or both reins depending on what they are trying to accomplish.
This article will go a long way to clear up the confusion and help you more fully understand what a half halt is. I’ll give you my idea of what a half halt is, and how to “build it.” This interpretation has been honed over many years of training and learning from horses, instructors, and students.
Once you have a better understanding of the half halt, you’ll be able to develop this invaluable tool that you can put to use any of your riding, driving or training.