12-03-2010, 12:20 AM
| || | Do you need to wear spurs? If you do, switch to a smaller spur so it isnt mis-cueing her all the time. So in other words, you have what is called "duck feet"? This probably means that it actually isnt your feet that are the problem, but it could be in your knees or hips.
Originally Posted by horseluver50
^^ Thanks everyone... the thing with me though is, that I wear spurs, and I have to train my toe in more. It doesn't need to be straight forward, but in between. Everytime I canter, when my feet stick out, the spurs tap her and cause her to do flying changes all the time, which confuses her :S haha
I think my feet are naturally that way though, because when I walk, my feet are outwards too :S
I guess it will take some practice :)
I am not wanting them to be straight forward, just inbetween straight forward and straight out haha. I am starting to ride hunter style, so it's not supposed to be right forwards. But, I keep confusing my horse when I hit her with the spur because my feet are out :)
^^This also. If you are competing in Hunter Eq, then maybe having your feet out at a 90 degree angle to the horse would be marked against....but I do not see how it can. As long as your heels are down and you ride well, it shouldnt affect you.
Originally Posted by PoohLP
Something to consider. The ankle isn't always the problem with toes out. Sometimes the toe out is a symptom of pinching knee or thighs. If your knees and thighs are correct and relaxed, that should cause your calf to bear more of your weight and balance, which will naturally bring your toe in. Also, make sure your stirrup is laying across your foot correctly, with the outside bar touching your little toe and angling toward the ball of your big toe.