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    10-27-2009, 09:23 PM
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Today was my thrid English lesson and my trainer wanted me to try and do 2-point. Two days ago, I got bucked off my horse(riding western)and injured my hip. I was trying to do 2-point today and I was scared out of my mind of falling. She told me to lean on his neck and I tried to do that but when he put his neck down something inside of me screamed "You're going to fall!" I have never been this scared before of riding. Can someone give me hints or advice on how to do 2-point and jumping without feeling freaked out?Thanks!
     
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    10-27-2009, 09:37 PM
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Weanling
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    10-27-2009, 09:38 PM
  #3
Trained
Maybe try working up to it gradually. It is a very odd feeling to be out of the tack if you're new to it. My suggestion would be to pick up a posting trot, and instead of posting every stride, stay up in 2 point for a few extra strides and then go back to posting. Post a little more and then do it again. Stay up only as long as you can without tipping forward or back. Don't feel weird about grabbing mane to help you balance. It can only help you and doesn't hurt your horse. It gives your mind the security that you're not going to be out of the tack that long, and it works wonders for your balance and lower leg strength.

Also have your instructor show you how to bridge your reins. Some riders hate it, but some love the additional security it provides for things just like you mentioned, when your horse lowers his head for whatever reason.

Go at your own pace. No reason to rush it.
     
    10-27-2009, 09:39 PM
  #4
Trained
Practice doing a 2pt position while standing on the ground. Have someone watch you & tell you if your angles are right. Once you feel really comforatble/confident in that position try it again on your horse. Its hard to move around sometimes when your not used to a certain position, bc we don't like to feel like we are putting ourselves in a positon that's going to make us fall !

Good luck =]
     
    10-28-2009, 07:47 AM
  #5
Yearling
How long have you been riding? Are you doing this on a horse you can trust?

You could try doing it on the ground like gypsygirl suggested. And don't stress out so much. Don't feel pressurised to do something you are uncomfortable with. If you have just had an injury, I can understand. Maybe you should take it a step back until your confidence is up again.
     

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