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post #1 of 3 Old 06-08-2012, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Help keeping my feet/ankles turned in??

So every time I ride I find that I have a good seat and leg, but my feet/ankles are completely turned out. I really don't look like a rider that's been riding for almost 10 years..more like a few months .. I'm sure when I tried Flash out the owner was like "Are you kidding me?" but what's weird is when I rode her lunatic mare I didn't look like that, and that was only about one week prior to riding Flash..

To get an idea of how badly they are turned out, here's a picture:



I'm just confident that someone on the forum can give me some tips on how to strengthen my feet/ankles and keep them straight and keep the heels down? anything that can help before Tuesday would be lovely!

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post #2 of 3 Old 06-08-2012, 12:48 AM
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I think you use the back of your calves because they're stronger than the sides of your calves. Do some calf presses with an exercise ball or they have the thigh press contraction you can use.

Were you in the same saddle when you rode her other mare? Could be the position the saddle puts you in.

May be worth watching this: How To Practice Your Classical Seat In Horseback Riding - YouTube

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post #3 of 3 Old 06-08-2012, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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I was in the same saddle that the mare was in. I'll have to try the calf presses and will definitely watch the video! I just thought it was odd how on the mare the position my feet were in was obviously the way they're supposed to be and a week later on Flash it looks like a completely different rider (position-wise). Thanks for the advice!

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