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  1. Hey everyone, It's been a while since I've been on here. I ride any chance I get but not nearly as much as I would like. I have started taking lessons again just as "me time" and a place to get away and relax. I only go every other Sunday and on the off Sunday I try to get to my friends to ride. So i'm lucky if I get to ride once a week. (Husband and I are trying to buy a farm but until then this is where I'm at). So my problem that I need help with is leaning when in 2 point..... and of course I have no pictures (I wish I did so I could see me but haven't been able to successfully convice hubby to come watch and take pics). I am taking lessons at a hunter barn and my instructor knows that I just want to be an effective rider. I stopped taking lessons when I got my 1st horse at 15 since I couldn't afford a horse and lessons so really it's been 10 years since I've been in lessons and I'm sure I taught myself some bad habits when i had my horse and just me learning by ourselves. The issue I am struggling with every lesson is my 2 point. I trot and canter in 2 point and am up to the horses ears. lol I lean soooo far forward and it's like I can't get my body to stay over the center while holding myself up. Then my hands move all the way up the horses neck and I'm just a hot mess (laughing as I canter around the arena). My instructor will tell me to push off my leg, use the stirrup and keep a tight thigh and upper calf and let that support me and to bring my shoulders back. Once I do that I'm sitting in the saddle. Could it be that I just do not have the muscle to hold it there? I've found riding is harder than it was when I was 16 or so. I always thought adults were joking or over-reacting when they were whooped after and hour ride. I think I'm going to die after 2 canter laps. I know I do lack muscle in my legs and I was in better shape 10 years ago but would you think that is the reason or anyone have any other tips or tricks to try. We have played with stirrup length and got it right. I can hold the position once I find it though for maybe 3 strides and just lean right back up the neck again. It's actually very frustrating but I try to keep it positive. Thanks for any help and I still enjoy coming around every now and then and look at pics. Just don't have much contribution here anymore.