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Two-point

Two-point is a position in English riding used when jumping, named because the rider has "two points" (both legs) in contact with the saddle. The rider supports his or her body using leg and stirrup, keeping the heels down, closing the hip angle, and lifting the buttocks out of the saddle while keeping the head and shoulders up. It may also sometimes be referred to as "galloping position."

Riding in Two Point

On the flat, or when used on course between jumps, the two-point position allows the horse to have a great deal of freedom because the rider's weight is lifted off their back. When executed correctly, the two-point position allows the horse more freedom of movement because the rider is not seated on the horse's back but instead is using two points, the rider's legs, achieved by deepening the position of the heels and closing the calves tighter to the horse. It is a common position for riders while galloping and riding between fences on straight and level ground.

Position in two-point varies according to the task. Hunter riders generally have a very upright two-point, as they usually show on very level footing and at slower speed. Eventers may have a more crouched position, usually with the heel slightly more forward while riding cross-country, to provide more security as they ride over varying terrain at a fast gallop.

At the jump, the rider can then execute transition from the two-point position into the jumping position.

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