12-02-2013, 01:32 PM
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Just wanted to thank everyone for this really interesting discussion- it has really made me think more about the typical progression of lessons at our barn. We do introduce most of our students to "2-point" early in their riding, but as a therapeutic facility, I think that what is "2-point" in our vocabulary is different from what many of us were taught when coming up through pony club, etc. in preparation to jump. We are aiming to help students strengthen their legs, stretch different body parts, play games that require reaching for objects, go on short trail rides in hilly territory, etc. We certainly do focus on the "proper" mechanics of riding, but of course make some adaptations along the way to accommodate disabilities. We do very little jumping at our facility, so most 2-point position is displayed walking over poles or up small hills...
All that said, this thread has been the basis of good discussion with my mentor, and she will be working closely with me and my "chair seat" rider in his next lesson.
And, as I'm really still learning about instructing, it's been great to see so many different perspectives on the issue.