Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: on a farm, duh!
Ok. This is what I learned under an Olympic and WEG level eventer and an international dressage judge this weekend:
Three point: full dressage seat. It has little place in jumping because the horse's back is hindered by the rider.
Half Seat/light brushing seat: Used on the approach to the jump when you're half halting and changing the stride so the horse is more on their hind end, ready to jump.
Two point: jumping position or what you use around a stadium jumping course
Galloping seat: standing up in your irons but closing your hip angle to become aerodynamic so the horse can gallop up from underneath you on the XC course.
Balancing seat: galloping seat with the shoulders brought up so your leg is more under you as you are approaching the incial set up of the jump.
You should never sit much when jumping a horse unless you're saying HEY LISTEN HERE BUDDY! Even then, you should be able to in the galloping seat. When you're sitting on the horse's back, you're hindering their movements. Why do we use jumping position over jumps? To free the horse's back as they're jumping, so why wouldn't we do this on the flat in between jumps? There is a definite difference in the way my horse moves when I'm sitting on his back and when I'm in two point. He can use his back, therefore, the jump is better, and actually cleaner, AND I'm more secure so that I'm not going to fall off because my leg is strong and underneath me.
Jumping a horse = Getting wings!
Why live on the edge when you can jump off?- Greenwood Horse Trials Tee-Shirt