The starting point is your riding
position. “Typically what happens
is the horse is on the forehand and
pulling the rider forward,” says
Koffler-Stanfield. “This tips your
upper body forward and your legs
backward, causing a perched seat.
If you’re tipping and the horse is
pulling you forward, then your
horse can’t connect his hind legs to
his whole body.”
To help your horse learn to
carry weight on his hindquarters,
start by checking your position.
There should be a straight line
through your ear, shoulder, hip,
and heel, as well as a straight line
from your elbow through your
wrist to the bit. “This checklist is
a great way to self-diagnose if you
are sitting in the proper position,”
Put it into Practice
From that strong and solid
position, you’ll be able to ride an
effective half-halt. The half-halt is
your go-to move for rebalancing
your horse,so he learns to shift his
weight from his forehand to his
hindquarters. To half-halt, be sure
you’re sitting correctly, then close
your leg, seat, and hand.
“You have to be really
consistent, engaging your core—
that means tightening your
stomach, back, and seat,” explains
To be most effective with your riding position, you should be able to draw a
straight line through your ear, shoulder, hip and heel.
A horse that pulls is on the forehand
and needs to learn to use his hind
end and back correctly.