I waffled about doing 2pointtober this year, but apparently I easily succumb to peer pressure. Last year I participated and impressed myself with a BLAH time. I said to myself, “Self – you are not a horrible two pointer. Good job you!”
Then my trainer told me I was doing my two point incorrectly. Whoops. Let me draw you a picture:
This is the cartoon version of the two point I thought I was doing. Also, please note how beefy Simon looks and how he’s floating his trot with self carriage.
This is the two point I was actually doing.
My trainer said I was leaning on my hands and letting my leg slip back. So last year when I did my two point time, I was able to reach the five or six minutes mostly by leaning on my hands.
Which… is not fabulous. Slash a problem.
So this year for my two point challenge baseline, I said NO HAND LEANING. I also pulled my lower leg what felt uncomfortably far forward, but really was by my girth.
And then I died.
I made it one lap around the big ring. My back hurt really bad, and my bum ankle from the fall at the horse show felt not so great either. Sidenote: I will be riding without stirrups until my ankle feels better, because I guess taking jumping lessons and working on two point does not help a sprained ankle.
So my baseline is a very impressive… 1:20. Yup. Shockingly bad.
However, it’s more important to me to fix my crappy two point (and not break my ankle) so we’ll see how this goes. Two point champions out there – do you have any advice as to how to not make your two point feel like it’s searing your back in two? My legs don’t hurt, but my back is killing me.
And my ankle, but that’s most likely because I busted it. Whoops again.
Also, another question – when you are doing your two point challenge times are you broken over like in jumping or just more sitting out of the saddle in half seat? I can sit in half seat/vertical MUCH LONGER than holding my “breakover” position… and I’m curious what others are doing?