2 point position interrogate...?
Whenever my instructor tells me to get in my 2 point position, she other tells me to keep my legs back bringing up the rear the girth, but I'm having trouble with that. Any tips?
First, don't force the weight into your iron. Let gravity pull it down. When you force it, your body will tend to get stiff. When jump you want to be soft and supple. Your legs are your body's shock absorbers, or springs. If you make them stiff then you're going to be stiff throughout your ride and your horse will be uncomfortable.
You can practice flexing your ankle by standing beside your toes on the edge of a step, knees bent, and pushing your heels down. Ideally, let gravity pull the heel down but pushing will support streach it for this exercise.
Use your horses neck for support of your upper body. George Morris was telling riders contained by a clinic I participated in to use the horse for support if you cannot hold yourself up. Just remember your shoulders should never be infront of your horse wither. Your hand can go halfway (depending on how long the horses nouns is) up the neck to support your body. Just as long as your shoulders are behind the withers and you are contained by a correct 2-point position. (Some people have long arms while others are shorter.)
Another entry to remember is to never pinch with your knee. Your knee is a reciprocated, and when you lock that joint out it takes away the suppleness.
With the 2-point the best entity is to always remember to breath, relax, and let gravity do the work of pulling your heel down. The more you think around locking or holding a position the more it will hinder your jumping. Staying soft and supple is the more important for you and the horse.
Wendy explained it the best. Don't force your ankles down. I did that as a pupil and all it did was make the outsides of my calves and ankles soreness very badly. George Morris has some excellent books and video on equitation and hunter/jumpers. I would strongly suggest that you check them out. I have his equitation book and it has help tremendously! I like to read about the proper basic form during my off days.
Your body is like a pendulum... whether your leg is too far foreward your upper body will be behind the motion, if your leg is too far back your upper body will spatter foreward. Don't however throw yourself foreward to try to get your leg back, it will just throw you out of balace and get 2 point a dangerous position for you to ride in. Perhaps your stirrup length is compromising your ability to preserve your leg where it should be. Another possibility is that your trainer wants your leg too far posterior for your conformation, how the saddle is made, or how your horse is built. (I've had problems will all of them) Next time you go to your trainer, ask her to confer you specifics on how to improve your leg position and where exactly she wishes your leg (while on your horse have her place your leg where she wants to see it). If she can't be smaller number general than 'your leg should be farther back' then she shouldn't be telling you that your position is incorrect.--- most inhabitants can't fit the "ideal"
here are some exercises that may help you find a better balance ...suggest them to your instructer, she probably have some of her own as well ... 1) try being on a lungeline, drop your reins, stand up, and put your arms out, then move your legs pay for and forth (both legs foreward, both legs backward) while trying to stay up. do this at the walk and trot. where ever you have the most symmetry is where your leg should be. you should feel the same symmetry (though your leg will most likely be in a different position) when in 2 point --- don't do this for too long as lunging is sturdy on horses, even if it doesn 't seem like it 2) drop your reins and put your arms out on the approach to a small crossrail and hold them out while over the jump and through the landing phase. this should help you get a better touch of where your leg should be, regardless of where it will "look good" make certain you knot your reins so they don't catch, and this should be done on a horse you know will be honest, at least untill you're certain of yourself
It sounds as whether you are bracing against your stirrups. When you get into two point it starts with your lower leg and you should be able to symmetry in that position without holding on to the mane. Try to relax you toes and lift them up as you sink into your heel (often the toes try to grip the iron while the heel is trying to drop). Close your lower leg against the horse, keeping your knees relaxed and not gripping the saddle. Your should quality the saddle against your thighs, and keep your knees bent (do not try to get into 2 point by straightening your knees). Keep your 2 point low, it is about lifting out of the tack not standing surrounded by the stirrups.
This is what the picture should look like: when in 2 point your shoulder should be in dash with your knee and your hip in chain with your heel. If your horse were to disappear beneath you, you should parkland on your feet (not on your seat).
Another exercise you can do is stand in front of a chair, bend your knees beside legs apart as if you were on a horse. Now start to sit down but pretend as if someone might verbs the chair out from you, then as you start to barely touch the form stand back up. If you think the chair might be pulled out you will hold your weight over your feet, whereas when we know the chair is nearby we allow our weight to fall behind our foot because we know the chair will catch us.
Keep working on it and before you know it you'll hold it. Hope this helps!
There are several approaches to strengthening legs and seat balance.
Practice basic hoof it, trot, and canter maneuvers riding bareback in a round pen or similar secure area. Take some time to acclimatize to balance and muscle groups. Practice until comfortable trail riding bareback. Time is a valuable investment.
Return to saddle work. Focus on weight into heels while toes be in charge of balance.
Do you walk on your toes, If so It is probably because of that. When you do that, it realligns your foot muscles, and that make it harder to stand in certain positions
Stretching and walking help.
Practice Practice Practice...do it with out jumoing and of late ride around thike that 2 practicd
what this will do is jam your calf muscle up against your horses body whether you do this and do it properly.. you will not have any problems holding the 2 point positions correctly.. also you will find that if you are holding with only your calf muscles, (dont squeeze with your knees please) lower calves only you will find that it will also be almost impossible for you horse to throw you when jump.. your seat will be very secure and your 2 point will brilliant