Originally Posted by ecasey
One question ... how do you keep from falling forward in 2-point? I found that towards the end of the circle I was cantering in (oval, really) I started going too far over her neck and getting out of balance.
I actually had this problem today. My trainer told me that I was "throwing" myself into the canter rather than waiting for the horse to respond to my cues.
I found that if I focused on keeping my heels down and straightening my posture, it helped a TON. It's almost like you rock back on your heels. You can grab mane and pull to help you balance. My trainer also told me that I was "cheating" by bracing my arms on my horse's neck. When I paid attention to maintaining a good position with my arms (elbows by my sides, wrists vertical rather than "piano hands," etc.) it was almost like I was using my own position to brace (wrists at my hips) rather than relying on the horse's neck to keep me in. It helped a ton and I definitely had an "Ah ha!" moment when it all clicked into place. My trainer said I was working too hard an overriding the horse. As soon as I relaxed and just rode the horse's movements, rather than fighting against them, I felt a TON better.