Today in riding all three horses I practiced my eye tracking — forcing myself to look up, track with my eyes the track the horse will take, either a circle, or straight line, or path I want to take. This is easy if you get in the habit of it, but hard if you are in the habit of looking down all the time, like I do.

Tracking with your eye forces you to look up. In looking up, you gain soft eyes. When you get soft eyes, you are aware of your whole arena, and when you get aware, you can feel. When you feel, you can adjust the canter – up or down, more or less — which helps with your balance and your distances and success with each fence on your course. Moral of story: use your eyes to ride!

Jennie Brannigan at Fair Hill International show jumping, landing over the last element of the triple combination looking to turn left

Jennie Brannigan at Fair Hill International show jumping, landing over the last element of the triple combination looking to turn left

Will jumping at Fair Hill International, see his eyes tracking the show jumping

Will jumping at Fair Hill International, see his eyes tracking the show jumping

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