How Do I Do A Canter Halt Transition? | Dressage Mastery TV Ep244

How Do I Do An Amazing Canter Halt Transition In My Dressage Test?

Hey Superstar, we are about to discuss how to do great canter-halt transitions in your dressage test as you come down the centre line!

Step one is to make sure you always enter on the side that your horse naturally finds easier and will be therefore straighter.

Take a video of you and your horse coming down the centre line and see if you can pick before you watch the video which line will be less straight? Which one did you (and your horse) find harder to do?

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Hey dressage superstars, today I’m going to answer the question, how do you do an amazing canter halt transition in your dressage test?

Step one is always enter on the side that your horse is naturally straighter at. That makes sense, yeah? Every horse has a naturally straight side and a naturally more crooked side. If you’re trying to come down the centre line for a 10 and be dead straight and nail it, you want to go on your horse is easier side. So this is Wessel’s easier side. Come down, and you can see that that, is hopefully – I’m going to go do the other side now. So this side is his more crooked side. I find it harder to keep him dead straight. So hopefully you’ll see the difference.

So I found it even hard to nail the centre line and I just find it harder to keep his hind legs. Remember you should only see two legs as I come down the centre line – his front legs. Back legs should be way behind the front legs and you can see that hopefully that that second one was harder to keep straight than the first one.

So step one. Always enter on your easier side.

Step two. The success of your whole transition depends on the canter before it – so don’t come down your centre line already in collected canter. Create some energy and then collect the canter and when you practice at home, just make it so that they can – see he wants, he felt the halt was coming – make it that you can stay in collected canter, to prepare for your halt, but don’t actually do the halt. That rains the horse to sit and wait for you to stay on his hind legs, which means that when he actually does halt, he’s going to stay on his hind legs and therefore do a nice square halt for you, hopefully not fall on the forehand and make an ugly kind of canter-walk-fall-halt.

So remember, down the centre line, create some energy, collect the canter, and then step three is don’t use your hands for halt. Just sit and I’m hoping that’s square.

And that was me paying attention to what I was talking to you guys. So he took an extra step. Don’t let that happen and that is how you do it guys, go practice, go enjoy and I’ll see you next time!

If today’s episode gave you huge value, I would love to invite you to a free class I’ve created for you to help you look and feel like a Grand Prix dressage rider in as little as three rides per week. Don’t worry if you don’t have good enough horse in secret number one, I’ll tell you why that doesn’t even matter. I’ll tell you how to do it in only three rides, and I’ll also tell you the secret you need to know to make sure you’re doing in your riding to accelerate your results and get you to the next level. I can’t wait to have you in the class. It’s completely free. My gift to you, click on the link to sign up!

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