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What are “Soft Eyes” for Riding and How Your Eyes Affect Your Seat

In riding, it’s often the small details that make the biggest difference in our posture, our stability, and how effective we are in communicating with the horse.

In last week’s video, we talked about how little movements with your head, caused by the direction you look, affect the rest of your position.

But there is another important piece of this… it’s how you use your eyes.

The muscles in our eyes work differently when gazing softly ahead compared to focusing on a specific point. In fact, you may have heard the expression “soft eyes” for riding, but not understood what this really meant or how to know if you are doing it right.

In today’s video, I’m going to take you through an exercise to feel the difference between hard and soft eyes and know when you should use each one.

P.S. For Solutions to Your Biggest Riding Challenges (and a copy of the 5 Minute Riding Fixes Book mentioned in this video), Check out the Effortless Rider Course with Wendy Murdoch

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