Originally Posted by gottatrot
For one thing, the endurance stirrups many riders use are too deep to allow for heels down. But there is a consensus in the endurance world that heels that are too low can cause circulation and/or nerve issues in the foot when practiced over many miles. This can cause numbness, tingling or toes that are even colder than they need to be on a winter ride.
True! The wide stirrups we use do makes it difficult to get the exaggerated heels down look, but we have our weight flowing through the backs of our legs never the less. Endurance equitation is all about making it easy for the horses to carry us, and easy for us to ride for hours. No frills.
I was trained as a jumper, so I still ride a bit like a jumper. I keep my toes pointed slightly out, leg on the horse, heels down
. That crap hurts after 50 miles. I've had to adapt and learn to ride in a more relaxed way. My toes would be so numb mid way through a ride! I try to keep my toe and heel level. By no means do I balance on my toe, but I also don't put all the weight I can in my heel.
And everyone called me "hunter princess" for months.