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5x Tips For A Square Halt/ Stand


Why is it so important that we practise a square halt in both horses and dogs?


Unlike humans, dogs and horses are designed to move with four limbs and when they are stood still, they should stand like they are in a rectangle with each limb directly underneath themselves. Standing evenly on each limb suggests even weight distribution, correct centre of mass and most effective push through the musculoskeletal system.


Why is it so important that we practise a square halt in both horses and dogs? Unlike humans, dogs and horses are designed to move with four limbs and when they are stood still, they should stand like they are in a rectangle with each limb directly underneath themselves. Standing evenly on each limb suggests even weight distribution, correct centre of mass and most effective push through the musculoskeletal system. 5x Tips: 1. Be patient 2. Develop Deep Postural Muscles In The Walk 3. Against A Wall or Fence 4. Use Of A Stick (As An Extension Of Your Arm) Or Body Language 5. Never Go Backwards With horses, aim for a light but even contact through the reins. Depending on the your relationship with your horse, the aim is to ask through your mind, body and seat bones when on board. From the ground, your timing and body language is going to have a significant effect on your horse's way of going. Ground work is a fantastic way of observing your horses movements and allows you to develop and strengthen your relationship. In the dog world, there are several reasons why he or she would be reluctant to stand or sit evenly (think of a rectangle) including; pain, conformation and or musculoskeletal imbalances. I would highly recommend speaking to a professional therapist like a Chiropractor, Osteopath or Physiotherapist before you start influencing how your dog sits or stands.


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