How to engage the hind leg - Half halting in canter
The same principles apply as in Half halt for trot
In this video I hold the half halt for longer than you should to make it easier for you to see the difference as it is a very discreet aid when used correctly
In working canter if you hold the half halt too long you will go into more of a collected canter, which you can see in this video
Be Careful the hind legs don’t get slightly stuck, as demonstrated.
Where the momentum becomes too slow and the activity in the hind leg is lost.
If your horse leans against you on a downward transition or is against your hand in a turn then you need to half halt to bring his hind legs more under and lighten his shoulders therefore rebalancing him.
It is a small change in the horses posture but can make a big difference in his way of going.
I think of it as rebalancing the horse but the general term is half halting.
If you use a half halt riding into a corner it will really help prepare for the next movement.
You can use a half halt before any change in movement such as:
Change in direction, Change in speed, Change in movement ie going into a leg yield, shoulder in, also for transitions up and down.