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    02-13-2011, 03:00 PM
two point over poles

I was just wondering - when you go over poles, do ALL of you go over them in two point ALL the time?

In my lessons, sometimes we're told to use two point, sometimes nobody pay attention to it. What are your thoughts on it?

(also, the same question applied to cantering poles - two point or usual canter?)
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    02-13-2011, 03:21 PM
Practicing poles and two point are both for jumping practice - so I'd say do it the whole time, every time. You could just ask your instructor for clarification :p
    02-13-2011, 06:56 PM
Mainly I do 2 point, but sometimes my instructor asks that I sit the trot through it. With the 2-point, I usually post the trot up until the poles, then go into the 2-point. But when I sit the trot up to them, she'll sometimes ask that I continue sitting it.

But maybe that's just me. We've been working on my sitting trot a good bit. (No stirrups, picking up my stirrups while still trotting (and not moving a lot) ...
    02-13-2011, 08:04 PM
*pulls hair* ARGH! 2 POINT!

*runs away* where's my Tylenol?!?!?!
    02-13-2011, 08:23 PM
You can go over the poles in either the two point (or whatever you want to call it MIEventer :) ) or continue posting. If it's a single pole, I will usually continue to post, if it's multiple poles in a row I will usually go into a little two point and let the horse take care of it, but you can switch it up. While cantering, I prefer to be in a two point position and let my horse find the distance. I used to show western all the time, and in the trail class we did tons of pole work, always sitting, both at the jog and lope, so technically you can sit also, but that isn't the standard with Hunters.
    02-13-2011, 11:51 PM
Green Broke
LOL. MIE just wants tylenol because of the 2-point vs jumping position thread.

I keep my butt off the saddle going through poles half the time, and post it the other half. Just depends on what I feel like doing, or what the purpose of doing it is.
    02-14-2011, 09:19 AM
Depends on what you are doing and instructor I guess. When I work flat with my horses I sit through (although 2-point is not very comfortable to do in dressage saddle IMHO :) ). I'm taking jumping lessons on lesson horse at the moment and the instructor never asked us to go in 2-point over the poles.
    02-14-2011, 09:25 AM
Originally Posted by VelvetsAB    
LOL. MIE just wants tylenol because of the 2-point vs jumping position thread.

I keep my butt off the saddle going through poles half the time, and post it the other half. Just depends on what I feel like doing, or what the purpose of doing it is.

Lol, I was teasing I meant to come back and post, but I got side tracked and then completely forgot.....sorry

When I do Trot Pole Work - which I do often becaus of Nelson's weak stifle, I post through them. I post through them keeping the impulsion and his energy through them, making sure his back is up into my seat and working properly to make the trot poles effective.

When I am in lessons, it depends on what my Coach is wanting - and it depends on what my Coach asks of me when I am going through.

You can do either or meaning post or 2 p-p-point *eye twitches*

If you are doing Canter Poles, then I stay up in 2 point.
    02-14-2011, 02:30 PM
Depends on what the goal of trotting the poles is. If I'm trying to get my horse to lengthen his stride or by more rhythmic in his trot, I'll keep posting over them. If I'm warming up for jumping, I use the poles to assume the jumping position and concentrate on just bring my arms forward to provide a release that I would need over an actual jump. I use that second thing a lot to correct my habit of throwing my upper body forward over fences. It helps me isolate my torso from my arms. If trotting poles in a lesson, just do what your instructor asks. If you don't understand why you're doing it a certain way, just ask.
    02-14-2011, 03:22 PM
Ah, thankyou, I usually do go into two-point over poles and only ride/sit when I'm instructed to - it's easier since if I get the striding slightly wrong and the horse trips ever so slightly I usually go all over the place.

I've been keeping my eye on that two point thread, too, so I was a bit confused as to what to write in the title.

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