I'm at a loss... - The Horse Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 05-01-2010, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 3,196
• Horses: 2
I'm at a loss...

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.

RH Queen O Anywhere "Sydney"
2009 Sugarbush draft
QHDragon is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 05-01-2010, 10:55 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Montrose, CO
Posts: 449
• Horses: 3
I posted this in another thread, but I think you, too, will find it helpful.

Wendy Murdoch - Murdoch Minutes

In riding, a horse's energy is like a river- guided by the banks but not stopped by them.
koomy56 is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 05-02-2010, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 3,196
• Horses: 2
Thanks for sharing that, I am going to try the washcloth thing tomorrow when I ride! And explaining the ankles makes so much more sense.

RH Queen O Anywhere "Sydney"
2009 Sugarbush draft
QHDragon is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 05-09-2010, 10:12 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: California
Posts: 19
• Horses: 2
I had the same problem the first few lessons I had four years ago when I started riding dressage. But after a few times with my little trick I ride with toes forward out of habit and can't ride any other way.

I dropped my stirrups two holes to make them longer and it forced me to sit deep and stretch my legs longer to reach which in turn caused me to rock mu toes forward and push the sides of my calves against the saddle to give me extra reach.

As soon as I was riding with toes straight automatically I brought my stirrups back up and when I did that I could now sit deeper and have my heels down without thinking too much about it
halfxpassxdiva is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 05-09-2010, 10:27 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,426
• Horses: 2
If the "toes in" thing doesn't work. Try heels out or knees in

"You know, for as long as I can remember, I've had memories." ~Colin Mochrie
Arksly is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 05-11-2010, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 3,196
• Horses: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arksly View Post
If the "toes in" thing doesn't work. Try heels out or knees in

I tried the heels out...and it helped! A lot! Now I just have to not take my calves off at the same time.

Whoever said riding is easy was soooo wrong.

RH Queen O Anywhere "Sydney"
2009 Sugarbush draft
QHDragon is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 05-11-2010, 06:33 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
Posts: 8,220
• Horses: 0
I wonder if it is your saddle that is not aiding you. You say you can ride perfectly fine with your toes forward when you are stirrupless, but the moment you are back in your irons, you go back to toes pointing outwards.

Sounds to me that your saddle isn't aiding you.

MIEventer is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 05-12-2010, 03:48 AM Thread Starter
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 3,196
• Horses: 2
This has been a problem in every single saddle I have ridden in, it's a me problem not a saddle problem. I will admit it was the worst in my first saddle which was a collegiate senior event, but I also partially blame a very dull sided horse that I had to keep my heels on constantly and got into the bad toes out habit. It has been the least "bad" in the saddle I am currently borrowing which is a Kieffer Lech II

RH Queen O Anywhere "Sydney"
2009 Sugarbush draft
QHDragon is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
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:
OR

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
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Weight Loss speedy da fish Horse Health 9 04-01-2010 03:55 PM
Weight Loss RedTree Horse Health 1 02-18-2010 04:34 AM
weight loss Gods Creatures Horse Health 4 11-24-2009 02:29 PM
Please help, I am at loss. What to do? barrie Horse Training 6 10-15-2009 10:42 AM
Weight Loss Cowgirl74 Horse Health 3 01-08-2009 01:06 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome