The difference between seeing and feeling

Most riders are mainly concerned about what they see to the disadvantage of what they feel.

Paying attention to what is happening means being conscious and acting accordingly to put things right. This is what good riders must do in all circumstances, whether they are working at home or competing, for example in a jump-off. And yet many argue that, “It is impossible to be present and aware in all circumstances…” Yes, this is instead possible!

For example, when approaching a jump, it only takes a fraction of a second to realise that the horse is changing its pace, that it has gone off the preestablished path, that it is losing power or that one is pulling on the reins. Even just a second is too long! Imagine how long a second might seem if one had one’s fingers shut in a door.

Michel Robert for Team Wow