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post #1 of 48 Old 08-22-2010, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Question Cantering In Two-Point

My instructor likes beginners to canter in two point. What are the advantages and disadvantages of two-point canter?
(Ive just learned to canter, but I think that sitting canter is more useful.)
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May I ask? Two-point canter? What is it? I have never heard of it :L x
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Two point cantering is helpful becuase it helps you find your balance over your horse and once you have your balance sitting at the canter is easier
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May I ask? Two-point canter? What is it? I have never heard of it :L x
YOu canter in two point. Pretty simple.
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Two point cantering is helpful becuase it helps you find your balance over your horse and once you have your balance sitting at the canter is easier
thank you. I understand.
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Yeah, many people who canter slam the horse's back the first while, as they haven't figured out the motion. It would make sense to start cantering in two-point, just to get the feel of it and proper balance before attempting to sit it.
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I always taught my students to canter in 2 point because it is easier on the lesson horses back as opposed to a beginner flopping around. Some horses respond to the flopping by speeding up. It usually doesn't end well!

I have been doing a ton of 2 point trotting myself lately and actually prefer it to posting on my friends Draft horse. It lets her find her rhythm and balance without all my pesky interference.
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The main advantage is that it gets you accustomed to balancing over your horse's center which is the foundation for jumping and really all riding. The better your balance, the better your horse will be free to move and do his job.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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I use two point when I need a more forward, freer moving stride, such as going down a line of jumps or when hand galloping. I sit the canter when I need more collection, such as corners on a course, esp tighter ones, and for equitation work.
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when you canter in two-point you learn to balance and you learn to use your leg {to a extent} to keep the horse moving. Many riders pump with their pelvis instead of using their leg to keep the horse moving, which is incorrect. It also helps you to get your leg in the proper position, which is under you. My instructor makes every student no matter the level canter in two-point if she is unimpressed with our position. Even the riders who compete at Training level in eventing, right down to the beginners, it helps everyone.
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