I can not get my toes to point forward, they just won't do it. As soon as I try, my heel comes up and I get into a chair seat. When I am riding around comfortably my toes are either at 45 degree angle to the side of the horse or sometimes even as bad as a 90 degree angle to the horse. I'm not clinging with my calves.
My trainer has me doing lots of stirrup-less work, and when I don't have my stirrups, presto! My toes are facing forward, its as soon as I take my stirrups back that they start to point out. I have been working really hard on my leg position from the hip down instead of trying to correct the position from the knee down like I was doing.
It's just very frustrating, and right now I only have two lessons a month (all I can afford). Anybody have any pointers or exercises I can do on and off a horse to try and correct this problem? Or am I just doomed?
I do kind of walk duck footed, so I know my conformation doesn't help me either.