Read the thread "toes up, heels down". The theory is discussed relentlessly there in
As a start:
1 SHorten the stirrup leathers
2 Manhandle the thigh to roll the leg round so that the foot lies parallel to
the direction of the horse
3 Mount up, put both feet in the sitrrup, force the heel down and turn the
foot parallel, then stand up in the stirrups and reach as high as you can
whilst pushing the ball of the foot into the stirrup bar, then sit down again.
But as has been said, it is an indication that you are not sitting level in the saddle. For the trail rider, it is a good idea to have more weight in both stirrups - a very light weight on the stirrup bars is more appopriate for the flat,quiet and level surface of the training arena.
The other thing to consider is tightness in your calf muscles and the possibility that your ham strings are too tight. If at work etc you regularly wear high heeled shoes then you are walking with your toes pointing downwards, thereby learning to "ride" with your toes down,and carrying
your weight on the ball of the feet
Pilates exercises will help free up those muscles.
Last edited by xxBarry Godden; 02-06-2010 at 01:27 PM.