Halting is an essential skill for obvious reasons—dismounting, avoiding collisions and so on. The halt is more than just coming to a stop, however. A good halt shows that your horse is listening to and respecting your aids, is balanced enough to stop correctly and is willing enough to move forward immediately when asked. If you have trouble with the halt, chances are you have trouble with other things, particularly transitions.
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