Great exercise MBP, you know you are doing something right when it feels like your muscles are burning from the inside ha ha.
That's a very accurate description! Ugh. I still haven't located my left thigh since our last workout. If it works that quickly though, I'm all in. Puck thinks its fun too. He works first with our new found outside rein and then he gets to torture mommy.
As an event rider, I got a job galloping at the track to do this exercise. Unfortunately the only photos I have are galloping the arabs in longer stirrups. The TB's were routine and I never bothered to get pics. The short stirrups really burned your thighs!!!
That is called a 2 point seat, & yup it's a killer. You don't have to raise your irons though and you should really do it at the trot. My riding instructor makes me do this exercise frequently, and I practise it at home, great check point for leg position. At a show recently, they asked for a 2 point canter in English Equitation, I killed it, my favorite class of the day!
Technically, yes a 2 point seat is where 2 points of your body while seated on the horse line up. However, if you raise your butt off the saddle & lean forward this is where the exercise will begin w/o raising ur irons. Believe me, you couldn't ride like this all day, I have uber strong legs, I kickbox & do plyometrics (jump squats, scissor kicks, 180's etc), and I can only do about 10 to 15 minutes of this exercise because you are working the largest muscles in your body, your legs. If you are balanced and this forces your legs in the correct position you can ride raised out of the saddle and still have calf pressure on your horse's sides and ride properly. When my instructor first introduced this exercise, I thought I was going to die, I was sweating! However since doing this for a year now, I find it a good check point for leg position and quite enjoy it.
Waresbear, hike your stirrups up to the last hole, try it, and get back to us about whether you find this to be the same exercise as trotting in 2-point. This post was meant to help anyone who is looking for a good all-inclusive exercise to strengthen and improve their legs. It was not intended as an argument starter over the finer points of 2-point semantics.