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    12-24-2010, 01:12 PM

Hi, I started jumping about two or three mouths ago, and I can't get my two-point right. When I'm practicing, I get it right, but I don't really think about it when I'm jumping. Can someone give me ideas?????
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    12-25-2010, 05:07 PM
Hi, I know how difficult it is when you start jumping and by no means am I an expert. But I have a couple things which may help, make sure your two-point is perfect on the flat! This means practising it at walk trot and canter once it's solid at all these gates try it over ground poles you can either just practise your two-point going over them or you can ride them like a proper jump and go into two-point as you go over which should help with your timing again do this at walk trot and canter once you can do this easily and are comfortable with how your two-point is go over some small cross poles. I've always been taught not to go into two-point until the horse takes off, go with the horse don't anticipate the jump and go into two-point too early just feel the horse and go with the movement, if you can do it for the first few times on the lunge and if you can without reins as this will not only help your balance but if you get it wrong (we all do at times so don't worry) you don't pull the horse in the mouth also don't go any higher until the small jumps are perfect! This may sound boring but trust me you will thank all your practise later :) as going higher is not the difficult part it's actually perfecting the small jumps and your position that's hardest. Also remember for the small jumps that you should not be launching yourself up the horses neck think of it more as bending like a hinge at the hip rather than pulling yourself out of the saddle. Remember keep your heels down and also remember to release again so they're not yanked in the mouth. Um I hope this helped and made sense lol :) if you want more help or don't understand somehting just ask
    12-29-2010, 11:09 AM
I think Jess put it well! It just takes lots of practice. Work on the flat in 2-point, and once you're comfortable with that jump! I was recently working on my position over tinyy (like 12 inch) jumps. I've been jumping since I was 5 (I'm 14 now) so it was weird jumping like this.... Anyways, I set up a line with correct striding (a single would work the same) and set my horse up in a nice straight line with a decent trot or slow canter. I got into 2point about 3 stride out and just stayed like that as she went over. Even though she was actually jumping I was able to keep my back flat and eyes up, which was what I was working on. It may not work for you, but I found that trying to hold the correct position helps you get the basics correct so you can move up to bigger jumps.

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