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post #1 of 4 Old 04-11-2014, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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Looking Down

Both me and my daughter seems to have this problem. We know we should look up and do when we are reminded and concentrate on this but soon look down again.

I was wondering is there is any "gadget" or thing that we can use till we have mastered this problem.

I am 44 and have been out of the riding thing till my daughter wanted to start and now I'm back with what seems like more bad habits than anything else. I can't remember that there was so many things to concentrate on when I used to ride previously. Maybe because then it was just for fun. My daughter is competing and with all the emphasis on posture I have become obsessive about my posture.

Thanks for any advice.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-11-2014, 07:26 AM
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I battled this for years. Finally, after switching to Western and really figuring out it makes a HUGE difference-I no longer battle with it. I think it also, at least for me, has to do with trusting my horse. Remember-you look where you are going. If you are looking down….well….guess where you will end up! Especially over fences!

It also has helped immensely with getting straight lines, nice circles-etc. Try it!

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post #3 of 4 Old 04-11-2014, 08:15 AM
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There's not a gadget you can use. You might need someone on the ground to yell at you. Or put a little sign on your horse's neck or saddle that says "eyes up"

Edited to add: since you're concerned about posture practice good posture. You can't have good posture and look down. Even standing it ever so slightly changes your angles. So when you practice your posture make looking forward part of it
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-11-2014, 10:20 AM
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I began to slip into that habit not too long ago. Luckily we caught it quickly, but what my instructor told me to do is, look through the line of the horses ears, and as your looking ahead plan where you're going. When I do it I try to visulize a line ahead of me taking the path I will take. This results in you looking a head and planning ahead. Also where your eyes go your body will follow and then in turn so will your horse. Well that's what I was taught any way.

Hopefully that might help, as I do not know of any device, other than yourself and constant reminders when you forget, that will solve this problem.
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