Halt Between the Poles Activity

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This is a simple activity to progressively practice halting in a specific spot.

Halt Between the Poles Activity

Set up:

  • 2 poles down the center line spread far enough apart to fit 2 horses


  1. Ride down center line, halt between the poles.
  2. Once the ride can do this well, place the poles closer together, and try again.
  3. Repeat until the poles are so close together the horse fits but the rider must be very careful to get all 4 feet inside the poles.
  4. Make it harder by asking them to halt with just their horse’s front feet between the poles. Then with just their horse’s hind feet in the poles.

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Hopefully this helps the rider learn to plan their halt aids and have greater control over exactly where their horse halts. This is a simple activity, but a very helpful one!


Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgement!

2 thoughts on “Halt Between the Poles Activity

    • Thanks Pippa! There are some ideas for non verbal ASD adults on the “Communication Challenges” part of this post: Severe Disabilities Part 3…but I will let you know I have a series of posts for the rider with ASD in the works that I hope to post in a month or so!

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