10-02-2013, 10:36 AM
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TrailDustMelody you might just change to a Dressage Trainer. I'm not sure that people that begin HS are understanding that 2-point is a crouched and low-to-the-saddle position. Too many of them are reaching and too far out of the saddle, perched in precarious positions that can cause you to lose your balance and fall while jumping. It is just like the root of the phrase "reaching", as in reaching too far, as what you should NOT do while high up on a ladder.
The shorter stirrups are to create a spring in your legs, but, just like a frog, you should be balanced at every level of the spring. It is also more physically demanding than a very long leg and that is why, I believe I now prefer a very long stirrup, being 55yo and less athletic than in my physical prime as a 27yo.