Three-Point Position for Eventing?

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    07-21-2012, 04:42 PM
Three-Point Position for Eventing?

So I'm new to eventing, but I've heard this term used outside of eventing from time to time, but I was just wondering if anyone could explain to me what a 3 point position is and when its used because I'm only used to a basic 2 point position for jumping courses. Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I can't find any examples of it and I'm really curious about it.

Thanks for any input!
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    07-21-2012, 05:09 PM
My take on it is, the 3rd point is your butt. To me three point means sitting lightly in the saddle with your upper body inclined more forward than flat work and your butt just touching the saddle still keeping your horse's back free to jump.
    07-21-2012, 06:26 PM
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Three point is the seat lightly in the saddle. A "modified" three point is just the crotch making light contact.

On XC, I almost never use three point. I am usually going at speed and I want no seat contact in the saddle. I may, on approaching a fence, dig a little seat in to help the leg, but only briefly. I want the horse's back to have as little interference as possible. Every time the horse has to push into a seat, it uses valuable energy on his part.

On stadium, I may use three point a little more, but not during the whole course. Two point is still my norm.

Dressage is the three point time!
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