Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Practicing my two-point

I had another session with my trainer today. We're doing two this week, since I missed last week due to all the excitement with Charlie. It was my idea — I felt bad about cancelling, and in any case I didn't want to get behind. I'm enjoying taking lessons again, and I feel like it is really helping with my riding skills.

I was meaning to canter today to make up for chickening out last time, but my trainer immediately started asking for a two-point. This is something I haven't practiced much, so I think what must have happened is that she had other plans, saw my two-point needed work, and that's what the rest of our session ended up being.

It's been a while since I've really practiced the two-point — since last summer, actually — but I was happy to find that my legs have gotten much stronger in the meantime. Still, it was difficult, as it requires the use of some muscles that don't seem to get used during posting practice.

Panama was an angel the entire time. He knows I prefer a slower trot (less bouncy that way), and kept to a constant speed the entire time while I worked on improving my balance. When he does that kind of thing — gives me exactly what I need in order to work on myself — I feel like he is really taking care of me. What a good feeling!

I was going to take the day off of riding tomorrow, but given that I have something new to practice, I think I might ride again after all. I think a little practice in the pasture, followed by a bit more practice on the trail, sounds perfect, don't you?

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At August 12, 2009 at 5:15 AM, Blogger Kate said...

Two point is really good - it requires your leg to be in the correct position or else you can't sustain it. To ride in a balanced seat (Mark Rashid says this but I've also heard it from other good horse people), assess your position this way - if your horse suddenly vanished from in between your legs and you had your feet on the ground with your legs and body in the same position you were in on your horse, would you fall over frontwards or backwards, or would you be stable? If you'd be stable, that's balanced position.

 
At August 12, 2009 at 9:58 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Kate, my trainer said the same thing, about being able to balance in that position on the ground. I feel more or less balanced but she kept having me do it so I must be missing something. I'm going to practice some more today if I have the chance.

 

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