- The two-point position, also known as the half seat, is used to help develop balance and control with your legs.
- The two-point or half seat is achieved by bending forward at the hips, taking most of the weight in your ankles and heels. Your back is straight with your seat just off the saddle.
- Your hands should be in front of the horse's shoulders and the reins should be shortened before going into this position.
- Be sure while in the half seat to keep your shoulders and back relaxed. In the beginning, you may place a hand on your horse's neck or grasp a handful of mane to help you maintain your balance.
- The use of the half seat will help your balance and will strengthen your legs. It will help prepare you for posting and eventually jumping.
- Practice this at a halt or walk first.
From the Certified Horsemanship Association Composite Horsemanship Manual. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals and hosts interactive conferences. CHA is one of AQHA's educational alliance partners.
AQHA offers a wide variety of English classes, including hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, working hunter, hunter hack and equitation over fences. Each class is judged on specific skill sets, some requiring a predetermined jumping pattern, and some requiring controlled exhibition of the walk, trot and canter around the arena.
Learn more about the two-point position in this video with AQHA Team Wrangler member Jessica Johnson. She explains proper leg, seat and body position, and how to perform the two-point at a hand gallop.