Excuse my ignorance but what's the difference between 2 and 3 point? I quit jumping too early to learn a 3 point although I'm sure it was practiced a few times and just didn't stick or something. That was a good 6 years ago though.
No worries! If we don't ask questions, how do we learn?
3 point is a seat, a very functional seat - where the rider's butt is very close to the saddle, but not in the saddle. The point where your breeches are just touching the seat.
Your legs are under you squeezing your horse up into your seat at every up stride in the canter, your core is very active, your chest is opened and your upper body is tall. All your bodies weight is in your heels, and your knee's and ankles are absorbing all of the energy.
Two point varies -
Eventers will move into a 2 point, or 1/2 seat between fences. Where you are still using your core to center you, your body is balanced over your feet, you are out of your tack and just hovering there out of your horses way.
I can ride in this position till the cows come home, very comfortable for me.
And then there is the other two point we know of, when over fences.
That first pic looks 2 point to me. I don't see any seat in that saddle. A 3 point or light seat involves both inner thighs and seat having contact with the saddle. If you are cantering in a full seat, just imagine that someone is tugging on your heels which will elongate your leg just enough to bring your seat a little out of the saddle. There's no daylight, but you are essentially off your horse's back. Here's a link that might show it better.
Oh!!!! I've done that. Just not a lot recently. My jumping trainer back when I was a teen had me doing that all the time! She never called it a 3 point though...or maybe she did. I don't remember but I do remember the burn if I didn't balance myself right.
Not to burst your bubble, but hovering over toilet seats too often can result in bladder infections. The muscles are working and you can't "relieve" yourself completely because the muscles aren't relaxed, leaving "residue" behind, causing the infection.
So, practice hovering over toilet seats when you aren't actually peeing. O_O Hahah.
Puck, the first picture is 2 point. Read my post. Lol.
Haaaaa! I was too busy eating my popcorn. And yes, hovering can cause issues. If you don't let all those muscles relax, you end up running down the hall every hour or so to not really have to go. I guess you're ****ed either way. You either get an infection on the inside or on the outside! I'm done being gross now.