Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Perth, Western Australia
You can teach feel to a certain extent.
It's all down to your proprioception. If you are constantly relying on your eyes to relay information to your brain (ie, looking at your diagonals, looking where your horse is flexing, etc) - then your ability to feel won't be as heightened. Sort of like a sighted person putting on a blind fold. You can do things super easy with your eyes open, but take away your vision and try to do things by feel and you will struggle until your proprioception improves.
My instructor has a cheap pair of sunglasses that she makes all her students wear. She has taped over the bottom 1/2 of the lenses so you cannot look down at your horse. I can tell you honestly that your riding may go to hell in a hand basket for a while until your ability to feel what your horse is doing kicks in but my goodness once it does, you can feel the slightest change in your horses posture.
OP, try that... sounds nuts, but I swear it works really well. It will be super frustrating and hard. You will have to really concentrate but it will help your feel to develop.
Last edited by NaeNae87; 09-17-2013 at 12:53 AM.