Ankle exercises?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding > Dressage

Ankle exercises?

This is a discussion on Ankle exercises? within the Dressage forums, part of the English Riding category
  • Horse riding hips and ankles
  • Hirse riding snkle strength

Like Tree3Likes
  • 1 Post By Skyseternalangel
  • 1 Post By Ninamebo
  • 1 Post By Ninamebo

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-24-2013, 11:30 AM
  #1
Yearling
Ankle exercises?

Hey there. A few weeks ago I did something to my right ankle, came down on it wrong or something, but anyway now when I ride I can't turn my foot inward without the lateral hurting, so I end up having my heel on my horse and it's throwing him off. It's not a pain like I need to see a doc or anything, and I've been wearing an ace brace on it, but I have been unconsciously turning my toe out while riding now.

My trainer is really getting on me about it, the pain is still there but not as bad but my foot is still pretty turned out until I think about it. Any exercises to help strengthen ankles or keep them forward while riding (besides the obvious answer of just ride that way and practice)?

Thanks!
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    09-24-2013, 11:40 AM
  #2
Yearling
Go to the doc. I twisted my ankle, it healed. I twisted it again, and again. About ten times over the course of three years. I ended up having to go to physical thereapy for six months just to be able to run with my dog without rolling it over. That was 2011 I believe and it hasn't bothered me since. I just completed a 5k obstacle course Saturday, which was a huge deal to me coming from not even being able to run. If your not going to go to the doc, google pt exercises for the ankle, and do those everyday. Tjeres too many for me to list here.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    09-26-2013, 08:40 PM
  #3
Foal
Try riding with no stirrups for awhile. You need to learn how to balance and stay on the horse without pushing down into your stirrups. It will make the world of a difference for your ankle!

Also stretching your hips and low back should make a huge difference. A lot of times we are holding our whole leg wrong from the hip, not just at the knee or ankle.
     
    09-26-2013, 10:36 PM
  #4
Weanling
I would also see a doctor, you don't want it to get worse!
     
    09-26-2013, 11:09 PM
  #5
Showing
Visit with a Doctor, make sure to ice and support your ankle, check to see if you need a longer stirrup (sometimes that helps)
olympustraining likes this.
     
    09-28-2013, 11:29 AM
  #6
Yearling
Olympus- hips are a huge part of it, you are so right, I definitely do hold my right leg incorrectly and with one shift of my hip all is well- so that's another thing I must constantly remind myself! I like the idea of non stirrup riding- I used to do that so often but it's definitely been a little while, thanks!

And to all, thank you for looking out for me when I deem all is well. I've been taking better care of it and called my PT from my knee injury for some ankle exercises. She thinks the only thing to really do now is support it and strengthen it. I have no idea how I do these things to myself.. Thanks guys :)
olympustraining likes this.
     
    09-30-2013, 02:48 PM
  #7
Foal
You will get there!!! Just make sure you pay attention to your body and try to find out WHY you are doing things wrong? Your body wants to hold you in balance, just as your horse does. When either of you is off balanced, it will affect the other. Sometimes the horse may not be giving well through their back or side. Working together to find the root will almost always fix the problem. :)

And I TRULY believe from experience which proves itself right over and over... that 99% of the problems for the horse and rider end up coming from the hips. The motion and balance of the rider and also how the horse is stepping from the hind.
     
    10-02-2013, 08:16 PM
  #8
Yearling
It completely is all about the hips. My spine is a tad crooked and the whole right side of my body is slightly dropped ( or maybe the left slightly elevated, hmm)

I learned quickly to compensate- riding naughty horses from a young age taught me how to stick like glue. And I have somehow subconsciously always compensated for it and balanced just fine- but now that I have been asking much more from my horse when we ride I can totally feel the difference when I lift my right hip. It's like night and day.
olympustraining likes this.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sprained Ankle GamingGrrl General Off Topic Discussion 2 02-06-2013 03:32 PM
Ankle injury Sophie19 Rider Wellness 7 07-14-2012 09:34 PM
Broken ankle ThePoniesForever Rider Wellness 1 02-15-2012 07:40 AM
ankle weight exercises Stakie Rider Wellness 2 01-18-2012 11:35 PM
Ankle brace? TheRoughrider21 Rider Wellness 2 08-11-2011 04:44 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0