Originally Posted by tinyliny
...Sally Swift wrote a great book for riding called "Centered Riding". IT's probably the single best book for learning how to ride...
I hate that book with a passion. Too much verbal imagery. Seems to help a lot of people, but it drove me nuts.
For looking down, I think it helps to be busy doing something else...I tended to focus on my horse's reaction, when I needed to be looking ahead for what is next. And actually, my horse seemed to appreciate it when I spent less time worrying about how she was doing and more on just telling her what to do next. So it helped me to put out cones, and to keep busy doing circles, patterns, thinking about pace changes, etc.