Originally Posted by Horsesdontlie
I have very short calf muscles/tendons. Years of walking on my toes...I'm getting more flexible but just not quite there yet. So in order to keep them from riding up I feel like they have to be shoved down. If I just relaxed my foot is parallel to the ground and I can not keep any sort of balance.
I think, perhaps, you should consider taking an adult ballet or tap or hip hop class. The warm ups are classical dance which will stretch your ankles and strengthen them. You will learn to stretch and relax your body and you will stretch your calf muscles. ONLY SERIOUS DANCERS need to avoid schooling horses bc they lose some of their ability to hyperflex their legs
but your teacher will not expect this from a beginner. You will be very surpised at how sore and then how fit you'll feel after a class. I know that it will help your riding and I think it will help refresh your riding focus. =D