New Rider - 2 Point Position
Hey everyone -- Another question from the new guy --- this time about 2 point position.
My trainer has me practice 2 point position every practice -- quite a bit to help me build strength. It's coming, but hard work with leg burns ;-)
Question - Is the ultimate goal to be able to extended riding in 2 point "indefinitely" long without fatiguing? Currently I can do about 4 laps around the ring before I have to give up -- I know this is not too good.
What should be my realistic goal here -- or how long should I be able to stay in 2 point before fatigue makes me stop? :-P.
Its something I more see as useful in the jumping ring or in more extended canter/gallop paces - we do it a lot out hunting
You have to push to improve but if you push yourself too hard then you're also putting more pressure on the horse which isnt really fair to it
It will improve your leg muscles but so will riding a bike without sitting on the saddle - something you could do on non riding days if you get time
It also going to be good for balance but you need to avoid using the reins as a means of support - try holding a section of mane or have a neck strap
I think I balance not to bad .. I don't have to use neck strap anymore, and I never pull on reins. Occassionally I use mane of just touch back of the horese's neck to re-steady myself.
Should I be able to stay in 2 point non-stop for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, longer?
It depends on what you want to do. If you're going to jump, you want to be able to stay up for your entire course. If you're to hunting you want to be able to stay up and steady for longer periods.
This is one of those things where "it depends", but really this is something you cannot be too good at. It's better to finish a course and still be able to keep yourself up with good form than it is to finish a course barely hanging on.
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Honestly at this point I thinkk you should go just beyond what you feel comfortable at because then you're stretching yourself a bit at a time and not risking putting strain on muscles that aren't used to it
I don't know what you're aim is but unless you intend to do much jumping or hunting then I'm not seeing it as something you need to stress on other than as a strength building exercise which is - as I say - achievable in other ways other than on the horses back and can be done on a daily basis.
Cantering a horse around in a menage for too long isn't actually that good for the horse so if you can practice somewhere on the straight it might be a good idea too
I've played polo with a woman in her 30s who stays in 2-point for the whole chukker. About 7 minutes, with 6 chukkers in a game. Speaks to really good strength and tone.
I'm happy with about a 10 minute tolerance. I haven't timed it, but that's about the length of time for one portion of a morning workout while ponying horses. I'm in my 50s and appreciate keeping that core strong for riding and balance with walking/climbing.
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