Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
The problem is that MANY instructors tell their students to turn their toes FORWARD. Having been a newbie not that long ago, that results in gripping with the knees.
When I took martial arts, BTW, I was taught the basic stance had one leg back some, feet at a 90 deg angle from each other. That would be 45 out with two feet...but there is more to it when riding.
However, for the OP: I recently bought a copy of "Riding and Schooling Horses" by Harry Chamberlin.
It has the best description I've ever read of how to sit, position XYZ and WHY that advice works. For anyone learning a forward seat, it is the best beginner's book I've seen. It, BTW, recommends 20-45 toes out, and explains what that gives you.
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."