I never used to look down when I was in short stirrups but since going long the issue cropped up. I think it's probably to do with the fact that I was much less confident handling a freak out in long stirrups and I used to have a real problem looking down while I rode. Not at my hands but at the horse's poll. I eventually stopped doing it when my seat became more secure.
But since I've had Brock I've started doing it again because the stupid part of my brain feels the need to watch his ears and know when a buck is imminent. Obviously, the last thing I want to be doing when he bucks is looking down, and it's also impeding me from driving him forward through his moments. When I hop on any other horse the problem quickly disappears.
Any tips on how to stop fussing about what his ears are doing and look 'out'? Short of a neck brace I'll try anything
Posted via Mobile Device