Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
A lot depends on the horse and rider. Toes forward is good...all other things being equal. But with my 53 year old legs, toes forward = knees digging into the horse while my tense, rigid leg demolishes my seat.
If I put my toes full forward, no judge would ever notice it. They would be too busy being appalled at my bouncing, my gouging my horse with my knee, and my tense, irritated horse being angry at his incompetent rider.
Of course, if I competed at my best, the judges would still spew their drinks across the field and scream, "Good Lord! Who is that clown and what is he doing to his horse!?!" - so I'll be content with adjusting my riding to make my horse relaxed. And that means a relaxed leg, which in turn means my toes will point out some (about 30-40 deg, depending on which foot).
Edit to add: When I was in my teens, I took some lessons. IIRC, "Toes Forward" seemed to be the Holy Grail of riding a horse. But all it does for me is make me bounce a lot...
Last edited by bsms; 06-14-2011 at 12:23 PM.