Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
I think you need to
a ) NOT approach the jump in a two point, especially because you "feel like you should be helping her jump". Sit back, bring your shoulders back, sink into your heels and keep your center of gravity over the CENTER of the saddle, not the pommel of the saddle. You should not be lifting or pulsing out of the saddle and then sitting back down / hitting the saddle every stride, as you are doing in your 'two pointing'. I would suggest leaving out forward seat riding completely until you have a trainer working with you, who can physically show you where your body should be. Instead sit back in your tack, heels down, shoulders back (I like to imagine a string attached to the center of my chest pulling my chest forward, and two attached to my shoulder blades pulling them back).
b ) If you are jumping sit up and back in your tack on the approach to the jump, and as your horse takes the jump let the motion of the jump push you into two point. Do not push yourself into the position.
c ) Sit back after the jump, shoulders back, butt in your tack, get OUT of the two point.
d ) Now over the jump your back arches, your upper body comes UP and it looks a bit awkward. Practise folding at your hip a little more instead of thrusting your upper body up, the jump is small, your two point should not be dramatic. It's all about your hip angle opening and closing.