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    08-09-2011, 07:29 AM
  #11
Foal
I sit tall and lean slightly forward to avoid getting left behind, point horse straight across ditch and use lots of leg to give him confidence and keep me secure on his back. No one I know recommends getting up in 2-point over a ditch. As soon as my horse takes off I give him all the reins he needs, letting them slip through my fingers. At the other side I quickly gather them up as we canter on.
Coffins, which have solid built walls (as opposed to ditches with natural sloping walls) would be ridden more like an oxer, in a 2-point position.

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    08-09-2011, 07:53 AM
  #12
Yearling
Cats and horses where in ireland are you from?

Also I like to come in steady give them a chance to look down into it. My guys will step slightly into it before springing up and over so I tend to sit in.
For a coffin ditch I rise into my two point alright as its encouraging them to round
     
    08-09-2011, 10:25 AM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by MaggiStar    
cats and horses where in ireland are you from?

Also I like to come in steady give them a chance to look down into it. My guys will step slightly into it before springing up and over so I tend to sit in.
For a coffin ditch I rise into my two point alright as its encouraging them to round
I'm from the US but I currently live is Co. Kildare. Are you in Ireland as well?

I see horses do the same thing, they sort of scoot their way down the ditch a small bit before launching off to the other side. I've heard the more experienced riders say that is the correct way for them to cross a ditch. So it really helps me to sit a bit in to the saddle but I do try to keep a light seat to not interfere with his back.
     

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