Halting the Andalusian Horse

Intimo Infinidad H at Stud Andalusian Stallion

Ride Your Dream, Buy an Andalusian

Written January 28, 2014 by Marsha Heiden

Struggling to get a good balanced halt on your Andalusian horse? Then try this French Classical technique. Start at the halt.  Have a steady feel of both sides of the bit but retaining a pushing feeling with your arms and hands toward the bit, i.e., contact. When your Andalusian horse feels soft in the jaw walk forward and then quietly elevate your hands upward (not backward) while retaining the contact until your horse stops.  Your hands should immediately return to your starting position. At first you may have to elevate the hand several inches but eventually just a slight lift in the reins will balance your horse and the halt will occur.  Next I will discuss how to soften the horse’s jaw and poll with flexions. Stay tuned!