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How to Halt the Horse That Won’t Stop

The halt is the most important and often most difficult transition for riders to perform well. It's no more fun to ride a horse without brakes than it is to drive a car without them. Unfortunately, the most common reaction for riders who are having difficulty stopping their horses is to get a stronger bit or another gadget to fix the problem. While a stronger bit might work in the short-term, it doesn't address the real source of the problem, which is a lack of balance and relaxation. Horses run from pain - both physical and emotional. To get a smooth, relaxed and balanced halt, your horse must be carrying himself with his weight off his forehand, his back level or lifted, his hind legs stepping well under him and his neck and jaw relaxed. As the rider, you must help him develop this way of going by being quiet,…

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