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"A halt, no matter how sudden it may be, should be smooth; if it is not so, it is badly executed."
"As a rule, the halt ought to be made progressively and not abruptly."
"The halt should be made without concussion. It is then painless for the rider, saves the horse's loins and hocks, and is easy, because the hocks and pasterns bend."
"The means for stopping the horse is always the same — namely, raise the snaffle reins while drawing them back with an equal feeling on both reins, so as to bring the weight on the hind quarters; at the same time, close both legs strongly to bring the hocks under the animal's body, and feel the curb reins. The horse is then between the hands and legs."
"He'd stop as soon he got the message from the feel of your whole body that you'd stopped wanting him to move."
When stopping: "It's important to experiment with your posture and the feel on your reins."
When stopping: "There's no advantage to a fella sticking his feet way out front, or too far back either. He's a lot better off with his legs hanging down underneath him...."
"It's not ever helpful to have a horse that overdoes the anticipation when it comes to leaving after you've stopped."
"One thing I'm pretty careful about on a horse that's just learning to get with me, is that I don't ever want to surprise him with the feel for quick stops or sharp turns."
"The key to success lies in not jamming your seat bones onto the horse's back, but allowing him to round his back under your light, but following seat."
"Don't squeeze your legs against the saddle. The action of the upper legs around the horse is like that of the old-fashioned wooden clothespin on a line. It doesn't bring its sides together but does become increasingly firm as it drops down."
"The hind feet walk up into your hands; your hands do not move back toward your body and toward the horse's hind end."
"During the transition, you will feel your hip joints opening toward your hands — never the hands coming to your hips."
"Breathe out during this transition."
"As your knees drop down unhindered, your soft ankles enable the insides of your lower legs to have contact with your horse just below the saddle, six to eight inches behind the girth. This position tells your horse to bring his hind legs under him as his back fills your open seat."
"Don't jam your horse into the transition. Allow him the strides he needs for balance....throughout keep the feeling of a dance through the transition, with his hind legs stepping under to carry his body lightly."
"When stepping into the halt, your horse should always look like he's closing himself up from the back to the front."
"The downward transition to the halt should be crisp but not abrupt."
"His [the horse's] last step of trot or walk before the halt should look just as active as the strides that he takes when he's motoring along with lots of energy."
"If the downward transition looks abrupt, it's a good indication that you used your hands too much or too sharply, or that you suddenly and harshly applied all of the aids."
"It is also necessary that the horse remain straight in the halt so that this action is achieved on the haunches; because if one of the back legs is off the line of the shoulders, the horse moving sideways in this action, he cannot be on his haunches."
"The advantages derived from a well executed halt are to collect a horse, steady his mouth, head, and haunches and to make him light in the hand."
"When, in indicating a halt or half-halt, the horse continues to lean on the bit, to pull at the hand, and even sometimes to force the hand by moving forward despite the rider's will, it is thus necessary, after having halted the horse, to back him up as punishment for this disobedience."
"Halting or arresting energy should have little to do with hand action. It is simply a question of dropping the rider's weight straight through the centre of the horse from an upright position of knee and thigh, thus uniting the horse to the ground through gravity."
"More comfortable halts come from the horse shifting its weight to the hindquarters, leaving the forelegs with less weight too carry than when the horse brakes to a halt by bracing its forelegs."