I think the main reason riders lean to the outside in half pass is that they use too much outside leg to push their horses sideways. So here are 3 quick tips to help you sit in the direction of movement.
1. Pretend there’s a seam running down the middle of your saddle from pommel to cantle. Then visualize yourself moving your outside seatbone onto that center seam so you don’t get left behind.
2. Think about actually taking a “step down into the inside iron” as you start the half pass.
3. Remember that the predominant aids in half pass need to be inside leg and outside rein…not outside leg pushing sideways and inside hand cranking the neck around to fake a bend.
One of my favorite exercises to insure that the rider has some good muscle memory for using the inside leg and outside rein in half pass is to:
- Turn down the quarterline and leg yield with a bend (from nose to tail!) toward the wall for a couple of steps.
- Then start the half pass by stepping down into the inside iron and using the outside rein in the direction you want to go.
- Only do the half pass for a couple of steps and then return to the leg yield with bend. (So you end up doing more leg yield with bend steps than half pass steps)
- The leg yield with bend helps you put your inside leg on and also you get to feel the horse stepping from inside leg to outside rein.
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