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post #11 of 19 Old 03-17-2013, 06:10 PM
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Sometimes ignorance is bliss!! I am with you there!
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post #12 of 19 Old 03-17-2013, 08:49 PM
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I find that a lot of western trainers are more focused on how the rider is communicating with the horse rather than what the rider looks like. Since she has just changed disciplines, she is probably just concentrating on doing something new. Once she has more confidence on how to work the horse, she will be able to look up. I ride western and look down all the time to manage the drape on my reins. It may not be intuitive switching from english to split reins.


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^ the trainer was looking down, not the kid
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post #14 of 19 Old 03-17-2013, 08:55 PM
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Ooops, my bad. I thought the daughter was always looking down.

Meh, people have their personal styles. Some are uglier than others, lol.


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I don't ride english and never have really(once or twice), but I can say that a lot of western riders and trainers do seem to look down at their horse. (I am not excluding myself!) Matter of fact when flipping through last months issue of Western Horseman there was an article with a well known trainer. Looking at the pictures of him riding- the first thing I thought was, "look up!"
When I get really dialed in and concentrating I have the tendency to look down. I know I should be feeling instead of looking, but I guess I have to verify what I am feeling?
Maybe another thing to consider is how the distance is to be looking ahead? I was always told 1/4 of a circle ahead on the circles and past the fence when stopping on a reiner.(and watching the cow, not the horse for cow work) Maybe the distance is farther for jumping?

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I don't ride english and never have really(once or twice), but I can say that a lot of western riders and trainers do seem to look down at their horse. (I am not excluding myself!) Matter of fact when flipping through last months issue of Western Horseman there was an article with a well known trainer. Looking at the pictures of him riding- the first thing I thought was, "look up!"
When I get really dialed in and concentrating I have the tendency to look down. I know I should be feeling instead of looking, but I guess I have to verify what I am feeling?
Maybe another thing to consider is how the distance is to be looking ahead? I was always told 1/4 of a circle ahead on the circles and past the fence when stopping on a reiner.(and watching the cow, not the horse for cow work) Maybe the distance is farther for jumping?
Interesting, thanks. I vaguely remember seeing Western riders looking down at a show I attended some years ago, but it was a 4H show, and I wasn't even sure if I remembered it correctly.

I'm really not sure how far she had to look, but it was always "eyes up, look where you're going." Never to look at the jumps, but beyond, as she's approaching the jump. I imagine a more experienced rider needs to look at the jumps at some point to estimate the distance, though.
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In an arena, I often look down. On a trail, never. In an arena, I'm often focused on something the horse is going to do within a few feet. On the trail, I need to think ahead. And in an arena, I'm often interested in how my HORSE is responding. That tends to draw my eyes down. On a trail, my horse has been known to bolt (or consider it) based on something she sees 1/4 mile ahead. Maybe more, if it was a bicyclist wearing purple, or a dirt bike with a green monster bug riding it...so I need to look ahead. Way ahead, sometimes.

And that is where she is looking, as well:


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Ya'll the HORSE is looking down, not the rider.:P
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post #19 of 19 Old 03-23-2013, 06:22 PM
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Horse looks down, rider looks where they want to end up, in either english or reining . You look down-that is where you will be.

I have learned this is especially important in straight lines in reining. eyes straight helps keep the horse straight.

OP-Watch a few videos of the REALLY good riders on youtube-like Shawn Flarida.....
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