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    02-15-2011, 08:58 PM
  #1
Yearling
I need help two-pointing in the canter?

So, recently we were starting to learn two-pointing in the canter. I started this on a horse that likes to take any advantage he can to speed up. This got me tense and my heels were everywhere but down. Because of this I couldn't two-point properly and I just leaned forward in a sort of half-seat position. I need help on two-pointing in canter,,,,,any tips would be great thanks :)
     
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    02-15-2011, 09:26 PM
  #2
Weanling
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Originally Posted by RockandRide    
So, recently we were starting to learn two-pointing in the canter. I started this on a horse that likes to take any advantage he can to speed up. This got me tense and my heels were everywhere but down. Because of this I couldn't two-point properly and I just leaned forward in a sort of half-seat position. I need help on two-pointing in canter,,,,,any tips would be great thanks :)
Have you mastered it at the walk and the trot? If not, start at the bottom and work your way up! You may not have developed the muscles you need to execute the two point for an extended period of time.
     
    02-16-2011, 10:54 AM
  #3
Started
Sally swift centered riding - 'nuff said! ;)

Focus on two point with your weight anchored in your heels at the walk and trot with and without reins and over ground poles and what not. My guess is that you are getting tense at the canter and that is causing the issue but that tells me that you need more work at the trot. When you can 2pt w/o reins at the trot (longe work is fine!) then work on the canter. Also work on transitions. Keeping your balance while staying in 2pt from walk to trot and back down is a HUGE help. When you are ready add in canter (also on the longe helps) so that you can work on balance w/o reins and your trainer can focus on the pace of the horse.

And always remember to breathe!
     
    02-23-2011, 10:23 PM
  #4
Weanling
We have been working on and off with no stirrups. Today my instructor wanted us to 2 point with no stirrups at the trot! HA! Omg I couldn't do it for one or two steps and my legs felt like rubber. My instructor just kept saying 'try again'. After the other rider and I were having NO luck doing it at the trot she had us try it at the walk. That was ALMOST passable. Then even just standing still and trying to do it. I have heard my instructor say that she has younger students jumping courses with no stirrups! ACK! I know I need more lower back muscles because I have trouble getting 'down' when in the two point but jeez now I need a LOT more leg muscles if we're going to have to do it with no stirrups!
     
    02-24-2011, 10:11 AM
  #5
Trained
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Originally Posted by CJ82Sky    
sally swift centered riding - 'nuff said! ;)

Focus on two point with your weight anchored in your heels at the walk and trot with and without reins and over ground poles and what not. My guess is that you are getting tense at the canter and that is causing the issue but that tells me that you need more work at the trot. When you can 2pt w/o reins at the trot (longe work is fine!) then work on the canter. Also work on transitions. Keeping your balance while staying in 2pt from walk to trot and back down is a HUGE help. When you are ready add in canter (also on the longe helps) so that you can work on balance w/o reins and your trainer can focus on the pace of the horse.

And always remember to breathe!

Great post
     

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