The Successful Halt Part 1: Technique and Feeling 2015-12-01T00:00:00+01:00

Good riding depends on a rider with a correct seat who can give accurate aids. In order to carry the rider’s weight without tension and injury, the horse must lift his back and step under his center of gravity with his hindquarters. Riding a successful halt is the key. The halt arises out of the proper combination of seat (weight), leg, and rein aids. Additionally, the correct order of the aids is essential.

You can learn the right technique of a successful square halt and develop the feeling for the concert of aids in the correct dosage through frequent practice. Reinhart Koblitz, Ingrid Klimke, her late coach Major Paul Stecken, and physical therapist Helle Katrine Kleven demonstrate in great detail how the aids work together when riding a halt.


Further videos in this series: 


You will learn in this video:

  • How to keep your seat and your horse balanced
  • The technical aspects and order of aids for the halt
  • How to put it all together to ride a successful square halt

Reinhart Koblitz

He is a riding instructor with more than 30 years of experience. During this time, he has helped his students, from the first riding badge to success in national, international competitions and championships (Olympics).

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