Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
The most important factor to achieving a two point position is finding your balance over your feet. If you cannot find your balance over your feet, you will constantly tip forward or behind.
To obtain a functional two point position, you have to start with your feet properly placed in your irons. You want the base of the iron at the balls of your toes. The outter bar of the iron, placed at your pinky toe, and the inner bar placed at the ball of your big toe. That way, your ankles can relax and act as shock absorbers.
Then your heels. You have to allow them to be your anchors, you must allow your bodies weight to naturally flow into them - from your head, into your seat and from there, into your lower leg and then your heels. If your heels cannot do their job, then you wont be solidified in your tack.
You cannot grip or pinch with your knees, once you block that natural weight flow from occuring, you prevent your heels from anchoring you in your tack because that flow cannot naturally dispurse into the body parts you need that weight to be.
Allow that weight to flow, feel it entering into your heels. Don't push your heels down, just allow them to absorb. Secondly, as George Morris says, you are not ontop of your horse, instead, you are wrapped around your horse.
You need to have a correct toe angle, you should have at least a 45 degree toe angle. You don't want your toes pointing strait forward, nor do you want your toes out more than 45 degrees. You want to use the correct spot of your calf, or the "Sweet spot" that makes contact with your horses side. Open up your knees *not a lot, just enough where they are lightly on your saddle* and allow your lower leg to wrap around your horses girth.
Balance over your feet, heels absorbing bodies weight, correct placement of calf, lower leg wrapped around your horses girth.
Now, you can work on achieving your functional two point. Then comes your core - your core must be activated. Without your core, you cannot do the job at hand. Straiten your lower back, bring your core inwards, and tuck your seat bone slightly under you.
Open up your chest, as though you are lifting your heart, look up - and smile :)