Ok, so I just started riding 2 1/2 years ago, and I've had a trainer the entire time (the same one too)...he started out teaching me to stick my toes out to the sides, to encourage my heels to stay down and calves on my horse's sides. The result: I have a strong seat and very secure legs now, BUUUUUTTT....
...now, 2 1/2 years later, I come to find out that your toes are supposed to be pointing FORWARD, not out to the sides! He just teaches that way at first to get newbies to make contact with the correct part of their legs on the horse's sides, then apparently expects me to UNLEARN it!!
Anyway, one of my friends told me I look like Mary Poppins the other day before my dressage test when I was warming up, because my toes were sticking out!
I need some pointers on how to break this habit...it's VERY difficult for me to break since it's the only riding I've ever known!! Here are some pics to show you what I mean:
This one looks worse than it is because I was on the "up" post so my legs were disconnected for a second, but it really gives you a good view of where my toes are: