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Can't find your distances? Try this simple trick:

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  • Can't find your distances? Try this simple trick:

    Being able to see!

    Recently I've been super frustrated with myself for my deteriorating eye for distance. I've never had a perfect eye but I used to be decent enough, could see it in the corner and adjust the turn to meet the fence nicely. Recently it has just been awful. Just coming out of the corner and not seeing anything.

    Then last week I noticed I can't see, well, at all. Can't read road signs, can't see leaves on the trees -- went to get my eyes checked and yes, I needed glasses in a serious way. No wonder I can't find the jumps with any precision, I can barely see where they are.

    Oops. Got glasses. Still adjusting to the new depth perception but already better. Sigh -- how did I NOT notice I was half-blind?

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      Your post made me laugh. Thanks for sharing. I needed that this morning.
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      • #4
        I once discovered after a really wretched lesson in which I managed to drop a saintly schoolie to the base of every.single.jump that I had my right contact lens in my left eye and vice versa. Doh!

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          Lol FT and Blueskye! Thanks for the laugh!
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          • #6
            LOL...hope you can "find" the jumps now

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            • #7
              I can totally relate to this. I was really struggling with my distances, went home during the holidays and got contacts, and suddenly stopped missing my distances. Granted, I still (and always will) miss a distance every now and then, but contacts made my life so much better!

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              • #8
                I wish that my contacts solved that problem for me

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                • #9
                  I went forever being frustrated about not being able to see a distance. Until someone pointed out that I always have my head tilted funny. I put on an eye patch one day while schooling and saw EVERYTHING. My right eye was so bad it was screwing up my left eye. So now when I jump I awkwardly turn my head so I'm only looking out of my left eye. I look silly but who cares I can SEEE!!!!
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                  • #10
                    I really wish I could blame my issues on bad eyes. Sigh.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by spacytracy View Post
                      I really wish I could blame my issues on bad eyes. Sigh.
                      Right?? LOL

                      I think you don't notice you're half blind because it creeps up on you. And you just start to accept fuzzy street signs as the norm...

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                      • #12
                        I think you don't notice you're half blind because it creeps up on you. And you just start to accept fuzzy street signs as the norm...
                        LOL! Love this. I got new glasses last year for driving, I wonder if I should try contacts? I am quite afraid of sticking it in my eye...
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                        • #13
                          LOL. Yup. Actually, for me, contacts work a lot better than glasses for finding distances. I think it has something to do with the peripheral vision. Of course, I am practically blind--my contacts prescription is -5.00 for each eye.
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                          • #14
                            Always good to know you can 'see with your eyes" ! Thanks! oh ive done the flipped contact thing, and the im at a show, ripped contact no spares going to ride totally off my inner eye -- yeah..that was a scary course.. Im sure the judge wrote ( SMNR ) next to my name on the score card ( scared me no ribbon)

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                            • #15
                              Ha! I totally relate to this. I was in complete denial about needing glasses, until an extra element in a gymnastic caught me COMPLETELY by surprise, because the natural rails blended in with the indoor footing and I didn't know it was there until I was on top of it. (My horse is a saint.) Funny how being able to SEE the jumps actually helps out a whole lot.
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                                Originally posted by pryme_thyme View Post
                                LOL! Love this. I got new glasses last year for driving, I wonder if I should try contacts? I am quite afraid of sticking it in my eye...
                                Contacts are much better than glasses for riding. I found glasses and helmet to be awkward and uncomfortable. I don't love wearing contacts, but for riding, they are better--at least to me.

                                I am middle-aged, so instead of the bifocal contacts, I wear one contact for reading and the other for distance. It works great.
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by MoonRiver5 View Post
                                  Ha! I totally relate to this. I was in complete denial about needing glasses, until an extra element in a gymnastic caught me COMPLETELY by surprise, because the natural rails blended in with the indoor footing and I didn't know it was there until I was on top of it. (My horse is a saint.) Funny how being able to SEE the jumps actually helps out a whole lot.
                                  This made me only because it sounds exactly like something I would do. Thank GOD for our colorful jumps or I would be screwed. Oh so screwed.

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                                  • #18
                                    As someone with an eye disorder that has already required two surgeries to maintain my ability to perceive depth and distance- I know I need to visit the opthalmologist when I keep missing. Thank goodness for my saint of a horse.

                                    Welcome to the four-eyed clan. If you're going to ride with glasses (as I've done for the better part of the last 20 years) invest in flex-frames if you can find them, and get a good warranty for when your horse spooks and smacks you in the side of the head with his face.
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                                      Originally posted by spacytracy View Post
                                      I really wish I could blame my issues on bad eyes. Sigh.
                                      I thought the same thing

                                      As I age I can now not read the numbers on my cell phone... so maybe, just maybe I can blame it on my eyes... he he.
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                                      • #20
                                        Getting new glasses next month. This has got me thinking I might try wearing them in a lesson.

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