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post #11 of 17 Old 10-23-2011, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by rob View Post
my fault mie,but she didnt say what type of riding she was doing.but i would like to add that i disagree with mr george morris.you either sit a horse or ride a horse,if your wrapped around a horse,your stirrups are most likely too long
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post #12 of 17 Old 10-23-2011, 01:22 PM
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please inform me itz,i judge english but i dont ride it.even in english dont you have to ride with your stirrups up to where you have a bend in your knees and so you can guide him easier by getting your heel in his ribcage?
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Rob, I'm honestly confused.
What I meant by the thread is the fact my toes point outwards, when they are normally meant to stay with the horse?

Not at my worst, but you can sort of see what I mean: (Yes the saddle has slipped)

Then, what I think they are meant to be like?

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post #14 of 17 Old 10-24-2011, 01:57 AM
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If you look at the horse you are riding, it has a very round barrel. It would be very hard for any human to postition their leg so that it draped down , wiht the kneecap facing forward, and the toes pointing forward, especially any FEMALE human being.
We females have a bit more difficulty NOT having our knee roll outward just due to our pelvis shape. But that pony is so wide that he pushes you knees out, and thus they tend to roll outward, and thus your whole lower leg rolls outward; all to accomodate the round barrel.

Do you have similar issues on a narrower horse?
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Yep, same problem on an arab even.
Old lesson welsh, (2008).

My mother's arab (2010).

As for him being round, a friend rode him when we first got him and her toes did not stick out as far as mine. :P

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but her lrgs are farther back at the bottom also and her toes are pointed down
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post #17 of 17 Old 10-24-2011, 11:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Corporal View Post
Bear in mind that some people have a build that makes it difficult to keep their toes pointed forward. If this is you, no matter how you improve this, they will point out a little, else you'll be in great pain. For the rest, I would recommend standing in the saddle, weight your heels, feel to point your toes forward then slowly sit and attempt to maintain that position.
I am also going to repeat what I posted on another thread here about weak ankles. So often, when we ride we figure that will be our physical workout. I don't think that we can take time right before we mount up (while our horse is completely tacked up...stomping feet...impatiently) to stretch. However, we should take time at home (in the house at my place) to stretch out before we ride. Pick another time of day and strengthen your ankles. You should be able to point (which is pointing your big toe as you would pointing with your index finger) and flex. 5 reps each foot, balance on the other leg. You should be able to do a demi-plie, heels together, toes pointed away in a 45 degree angle, which is bending your knees to the place where you want to raise up your heel, but you don't raise the heel. At least 10 reps. You should also practice rising up to demi-point, which is like you do trying to reach for something high. At least 10 reps. Do as a dancer--or get a friend who dances to teach you--and keep your back straight as you do these exercises.
When you strengthen your ankles in this way, you won't have to worry about your horse misbehaving! I think you will find that you can redirect your toes better, too.
I agree with this person. Exercise will help but some people just don't have the build. I'm one of them. I remember being so frustrated because my instructors would be annoyed thinking I wasn't listening. I remember one twisting my leg into the proper position. I was in agony and she couldn't tell that my foot was twisted inside the boot. I toughed it out but was in severe pain by the end of the lesson. The thing is that I had excellent balance and a secure seat but some people were too fixated on the "ideal" placement and overlooked my ability. Do the best you can and if you are secure and balanced I wouldn't worry too much.
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