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post #11 of 19 Old 07-31-2009, 12:37 PM
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I completely agree with hotreddun.
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post #12 of 19 Old 07-31-2009, 11:48 PM
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Personally I find keeping my heels down really helps me stay on when the horse speeds up..
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Personally I find keeping my heels down really helps me stay on when the horse speeds up..
I agree. It's just that it's hard to point my toes and keep my heels down at the same time.
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post #14 of 19 Old 08-04-2009, 03:39 PM
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I strongly agree that toes in heels down is important. I never could quite grasp this concept until I bought a hot little thoroughbred who was always in high gear with the slightest of my toes pointing outward. You see when your toes are not pointing inward towards the horse you tend to put a lot more pressure from your calf and heel on the horses "accelerator" or side. This in turn contradicts when what you are telling him with your rein when you are trying to slow him down. It does take a lot of work but is worth it in the end and also somebody else had mentioned to not think of it as heels down but more so as put your weight in the stirrup and this is a very good out look on the heels down thing as well. Good luck!
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See, I always keep my toes pointed slightly out. I have weird knees, so this makes sure that they don't lock up while I'm riding, and it helps me use my calf better. They aren't sticking out completely sideways, but I don't point them completely forward, either. Pointing them out a little helps me keep my heel farther down, because when I point them in, I tip forward and lose my lower leg altogether. Again, bad knees, so I don't know if this is the case with everyone.

You see when your toes are not pointing inward towards the horse you tend to put a lot more pressure from your calf and heel on the horses "accelerator" or side.
It depends on training here, too. I also have a thoroughbred who was as hotheaded as they come. The way he was trained, slight pressure on his side was the motor, and squeezing and sitting forward in the seat is the go faster cue.

Of course, there are a million different ways to train, but riding the way I do, Twende and I have always done well in our Equitation classes and my toes isn't pointed completely forward.

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post #16 of 19 Old 08-06-2009, 07:11 AM
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I hear ya Rider! I have the same problem, and I actually started a thread on it a little while ago, you may find some good info in here as well...

Mary Poppins!

It may also make you feel better. While your toes shouldn't be absolutely sticking out to the sides, apparently the way most ride is with them slightly out, not straight forward completely. I ride that way and managed to get a first place dressage score (Intro test, but none the less lol!) this past weekend, so mine can't look THAT bad and I thought they were terrible!

I even had one of my friends at the show call me "Mary Poppins" LOL, hence the name of my thread Hope it helps you out!

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post #17 of 19 Old 08-06-2009, 08:37 AM
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Whn your toes are down and your heels are up that will send you forward in the saddle. where as toe up heels down will pusk you back, and you can get a good seat.
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I think a lot of riders tend to grip with their knees more when they are trying too hard to point their toes all the way in. I have always been taught to have my toes slightly out. I have also always done well in my Eq. classes.
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When your heels are down, you are also most likely going to be in the most 'stable' position, as that is your real anchor. You should feel the support from your hips down, if your heels are helping you anchor properly.

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