Originally Posted by gypsygirl
for dressage your toes should point forward, but in an a/p saddle or any kind of jumping saddle they should point out a little bit [up to 45degrees] the reason is, you want to use the good part of your calf on the horse - not the back, but the inside. It also depends on your conformation what angle your foot is at. Personally, I walk with my feet very straight forward, but if I try to ride like that I have very little leg that actually touches the horse. If I turn my toes out slightly my whole leg touches the horse. Its really strange to me that so many people think your toes *have* to point forward, because in lessons I have never heard that.
That's interesting. I actually never tried to "measure" how much leg touches the horse depending on angle (and yes, I was talking about dressage).
As for pointing forward looks like everyone I came across saying you have to keep them straight. I never really did any research on it. May be it's time to do some.