I've been reading the French thread, which I have found to be really interesting. I would like to learn more about separating the aids. How does one half-half under this method? How does one perform transitions? How does it actually work when performing different movements? Basics like leg yields to shoulder-in and half pass, etc? Any other information or explanations would be really helpful. Thanks!
There is a difference between separation of the aids (seat before leg, leg before hand, hand before leg, etc) and how one actually half halts. Since if a riders all aids at the same time, the horse cannot listen to that many 'masters'. One aid must minimally proceed the other. So, ie position horse, then touch with leg. Or energy from leg, then action or funneling into the connection, or demi arret to change balance ask for movement. And separation of the aids is not unique to BSM.
As for a hh/demi-arret, it is part based on methodically educating the horse in hand. First that a (ideally) light upward action requests balance change and mobility of the jaw. (This is followed ability to be laterally flexible, and ability to chew fdo.) For french arret=brief upward action, for german insterberger=upward action, neither are tactful but clear. Then hh/demi arret is a hint of upward action (even just turning the thumbs outward is enough), to create a change of balance/folding of the hindlegs/opening the throat latch/etc.
So initially there are bilateral hh/d.a. to change balance/gather the hind legs/keep a mobile jaw/etc This can even occur in halt, but needs the energy from the leg in the first place. And the interesting thing is that a horse which is up/open remains eager to go. Transitions are normal transition, pulsed the bilateral hh, still the seat, lengthen/stabilize the leg.
As for the lateral work, position the horse (with the leg), and ask for lateral flexibility. The rein effects (ie slightly opening or bearing/neck rein) have a greater effect (for a whisper of aid) if the horse is upright in the first place.
Remember the systemized approach to the 5 rein effects (used by the US cavalry, and in Gorden Wright's book) IS the french system. The book was THE basis of learning riding in this country. It is very important to understand how these effects work to understand the progressive learning of horse (how it takes a given line, what happens fore and aft) to understand the separation of the effect of the hand and leg. (Definitely worth buying, as well as Phillipe Karl).
Further hh/demi arrets. can be not only bilateral, but diagonal (inside leg to outside rein..ie in shoulder in), or lateral (outside leg/outside hand), as the exercises/straightness demands.
Last edited by ideayoda; Jan. 17, 2013 at 02:09 PM.