Turns on the Forehand with Shannon Dueck

The horse is required to respond to the half-halt by slowing the forehand, while remaining active and yielding with the hind legs as they move around the front end in a circular arc. The rider learns to gain control of the front legs while moving the hindquarters; an excellent movement for teaching the rider how to affect the forehand and hindquarters separately. In a correctly-executed turn on the forehand, the horse's front legs stop moving forward, but they continue in a walk rhythm almost in place while the hind legs move in a circle around them. The hind leg that is crossing over must always step in front of the other hind leg. In any turn on the forehand exercise, you must ride on an inside track or the quarter line. If you are turning the horse toward the centre of the ring, there must be room between your line…

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