When to take jumping position
I have been riding horses for about 10 years now and have worked with several different trainers. I have been with one main trainer the whole time (she allows me to work off my lessons and ride whenever I want), and have taken many other lessons with a couple of other trainers. Lately my trainer has been REALLY harping on me to take two point way before the jump, and it is just something I really don't agree with, especially if we are approaching it from the trot. In my opinion, I feel I get too far out of the saddle and it leaves me feeling unbalanced and in a precarious position (AKA I WILL topple off if the horse bucks or refuses). When cantering courses I like to stay in my half-seat position (I'm not sure if people use half-seat and two point interchangeably, in my brain they are two different things) and rise up slightly as the horse jumps. Especially when it comes to going cross country, I feel like I should keep my shoulders back and really sink into my lower leg to have the most secure position possible.
The other trainers I have ridden with never said to take two point way before the jump, but then again I was riding different horses in their lessons. My current trainer has more of a hunter background, while the other trainers I rode with had more of an eventing background. I really want to event in the very near future, so I'm more inclined to listen to what they have to say.
Oh, also the horse I have been riding a lot lately does have a rather large buck in him, so by waiting to take two point, I just feel like it keeps me in a more secure position in case he decides to do anything silly on the other side. In addition by waiting to take two point I can really use my shoulders and inner thighs to regulate his speed and therefore I am able to minimize the amount of pressure I put on his mouth.
Anyways, that is my reasoning for wanting to wait to take the jumping position as opposed to taking it 15+ strides before the jump. I would love to hear your guys thoughts on the matter!