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post #11 of 14 Old 04-29-2010, 02:02 PM
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It does take practice to find your balance at the run. If I am just running across a nice flat area for fun, I will generally just keep my seat. However, if I am running across terrain that is a little bit rough, I will rise to the modified 2-point. It helps me keep my balance and gets me out of the horse's way for when he has to drop down a little gully or leap across a deep cow trail. It is perfectly okay if you have to hang on to the horn at first, but only hang on with one hand. Leave your rein hand free so that you are still in control of the horse. Just remember to not run him all the time. Make sure to set aside time to practice the controlled canter/lope so that he doesn't automatically want to run every time. I made that mistake with a horse a long time ago and now he is hell on wheels to ride.

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post #12 of 14 Old 04-29-2010, 05:30 PM
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This can be scary at first, second, third, etc.... I never did like it when my friends would decide to just take off into a full gallop without me knowing. I usually like to work up to one so I feel more in control. Honestly, I use the horn every now and then too. No shame. I feel a little more stabile. So What?? Only when you are super comfortable with the gallop and your horse you may never need to use it. Like everyone said, just practice but make sure you are comfortable with your speeds before you gallop. Make sure you can stop that gallop if a situation arrises. All in all, it is exillerating and you look to do more. Have fun with it and stay safe.
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post #13 of 14 Old 04-30-2010, 08:34 PM
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awww, you guys are lucky to have a horn to hold onto! i live in england and obviously ride english, so i have the choice of a dressage saddle or showjumping! gotta go with the jumping saddle, but i always rise out of my seat a little to stay out of her way and absorb the motion in my knees. :)
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post #14 of 14 Old 04-30-2010, 09:51 PM
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I always two-point in the gallop but maybe thats just me. I don't gallop much but my horse was a trained barrel horse before he came to me and I do gallop him sometimes just to get his built up energy out. I ride english so I don't have a horn to hold on to so I only gallop in a western, its perfectly fine to hold onto the horn but make sure you're still in control.

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