Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
She cannot try to eat if you are trotting, she would have to be dropping her head, which you correct, and slowing, which you would also correct before she gets to the point of eating. If she is able to eat, you are missing cues that this has the potential to happen before it does. Your horse should be listening to you while you are riding and that should not be tolerated.
It is a great idea to practice your 2 point on the ground. You could then move onto doing this over correctly spaced trotting poles.
(For ponies, at trot = 3' apart. Canter = 10' apart. For horses, trot = 4', canter = 12')
A good cheat while you are learning is to get some of the purple/blue wound cote spray and before riding, spray a little section of the mane which is in the correct area for your hands to be, this gives you a visual area to aim for, and will not hurt your horse. When you are going over the trotting poles, grab that area of mane.
The downside of this cheat is that you could get into the habit of looking down and not look forward through your jumps. So just be aware of that, one quick glance or look out of the corner of your eye and then look forward over the poles.