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post #1 of 3 Old 11-03-2011, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Two point question

I just want to clarify... is two point the position one jumps in? I was told in my previous instruction that it was but a woman at my barn who knows everything(I know this because she reminds me every time I see her that she knows everything about horses) told me yesterday that people do not go into two point to jump. Please expand my knowledge :) thanks
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-03-2011, 01:00 PM
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I think you've already answered your own question.

Two point means you have two points of contact with the saddle, meaning your knees - your buttocks and crotch are out of the saddle, and you are folded forward at the hip. Three point is with your crotch as the third point of contact, buttocks still out of the saddle and the rider folding forward at the hip.

Some instructors teach beginning jumping by having the riders *approach* and land from the jump in two point, others teach to ride to the jump posting the trot or sitting the canter and allow the motion of the horse to push the rider out of the saddle.

The position in the air over the fence should almost always be two point, or at least, that's my opinion. But I don't know everything like the lady at your barn does.
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-04-2011, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, maura. The way this woman talks sometimes leaves me questioning things I thought I knew.

I'm sorry you are not blessed enough to know everything. If only we could all be as wonderful and special as this woman. She even has magic powers. She's capable of making my horse not roach backed simply by denying the condition exists! Its amazing really. (The vet with 15+ yrs equine experience thinks he's roach backed, I can see it. My grandmother who knows nothing about horses and is out of it from a stroke immediately upon seeing a pic of him asked what the bump on his back was) but magic woman cannot see the roach back and thus tells me it does not exist. I wish I really could just wish away his flaws lol - sorry mini rant over :)
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