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    08-08-2012, 05:10 PM
Judge my Position?

Jumping my pony Ginger. Can anyone help my with two-point?
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    08-08-2012, 10:22 PM
Jumping Clinic Classics: Nearly Faultless
This is a picture of an almost perfect two point in George Morris' opinion.
The basic of a great two point starts with your lower leg. You need deep heels, should-hip-heel alignment, and a tight leg to match. Really, a two point is just closing your hip angle and pivoting. Your butt should be out of the saddle, and your crotch should still be relatively in it. Your hands should allow the horse movement over the jump. Ever seen how showmanship horses pivot? One backleg moves around the other leg and the other leg doesn't move. Think of the nonmoving leg as your crotch. The moving leg should be your butt. You don't want to pinch with your knees either. Your lower leg looks great! One thing I'm going to pick at though, you're coming out of your two point too early. See how the horses back legs aren't on the ground? You're restricting his movement by sitting too early. This is the reason why we two point, you're giving the horse the freedom to move over the jump. A jump should be a forward movement, so let your hands follow the horse as he jumps. Since you're still learning, when you two point, grab the mane and steady until you can learn to two point without doing that.
http://www4.ncsu.edu/~masupple/hillb...critique10.jpg See this girl's position? Her lower leg has slipped back, she's 'standing up', and and she's not really two pointing.
http://www4.ncsu.edu/~masupple/hillb.../critique9.jpg It appears the rider is pulling on the reins because she's off balance. It's just bleh all over.
Those are some pictures of what you definitely don't want to look like while you're 2 pointing XDD.
Your horse is a cutie and you guys look great together! :))
    08-08-2012, 11:01 PM
For a jump that small, you really don't need to two-point much at all. It's difficult to critique this phase of the jump but you are a little behind. Try to focus on two-pointing over the whole jump. Black Out, that first photo of what not to do is a girl getting left behind, not standing in the stirrups. The second one is more standing in the stirrups.
    08-09-2012, 01:38 AM
She still looks like she's too much out of the saddle for my preference lol. Both of the not-to-do's are highly incorrect.
    08-09-2012, 01:39 AM
That's generally what happens when you get left behind LOL ;)
    08-09-2012, 11:10 PM
Here is a better one while over the jump. She jumps pretty big for such a small jump but how's the half seat?
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    08-10-2012, 12:13 AM
Your lower leg has slipped back! Besides that your two point isn't bad. I'd put your hands about an inch higher though, you look a little scrunched up lol! For jumping, you should raise your stirrups a hole anyways but your stirrups are looking a little long. Before you go up to a jump always remember, heels down, leg on, hands up. Have a checklist in your mind of all the things that make up a great two point, a great leg position. Your leg has to support your body.( I'm working on it as well) If you didn't have legs to support your body with, you would definitely fall off over a jump. But your upper body looks good and your horses jump reminds me of my own horse. Mine leaps over ground poles.
    08-10-2012, 01:27 AM
Thanks! I was on vacation so it was more of a just get on and jump around. The checklist is a great idea. Ill post a new picture when I get the chance
    08-12-2012, 05:31 PM
Originally Posted by LittleWhinney    
Here is a better one while over the jump. She jumps pretty big for such a small jump but how's the half seat?
Scoot your bum back and your legs about 2-3 inches forward and shove your heels down. Also, release your pony's neck! (:

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