Horseback Riding - Riding A Turn
Horse Back Flatwork

From: Equestrian and Horse | Horseback Riding

See also: Mounting | Position | Lunging | Jumping

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Turning Your Horse
In order to successfully make a change of direction the correct aids must be given to ensure that the rider is giving a clear signal to the horse.

Preparation For A Turn
Before turning your horse use a half halt to prepare them for the turn this helps to lighten the forehand and engage the hindquarters it also helps them to know that you are about to do something and therefore makes them more attentive to the aids when applied.

During the turn a half halt can also be used to re balance a horse and stop any rushing from occurring, If a turn to the left is being ridden then the outside right rein will be used for the half halt and if a turn to the right is being ridden then the outside left rein will be used to ride the half halt.

Turning to the right

Turning To The Left