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    01-09-2011, 09:57 PM
  #1
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twisted feet in the stirrup?

So, I used to have the worlds worst issue with turning my feet out while riding. I think I've pretty much solved that through use of the saddle I ride in currently since it causes me pain if I try to turn my feet out. However, I realized the other day that now, instead of having my foot flat on the stirrup bar, I twist my foot inside my shoe so that my toes are in but the only thing that's supporting my feet is the outside edge of my foot.
So basically, I have them turned so that an area about 2 inches long on the outside of my foot is the only thing supporting me. I do try not to put all my weight in my stirrups, but I find if I don't consciously keep a little weight on them, my heels will come bounding up, perhaps indicatively of another problem, I dunno... Because of the twisting, my foot ends up being squashed up against the side of the stirrup in such a way that I literally cannot feel my pinky toes for half an hour after dismounting.

I'm rather badly pigeon toed (my left foot, which is actually the one with the most issue with this twisting thing, turns in so much that people have asked me how I can walk in a straight line ) and I wonder if that might have something to do with this. Speaking of which, I never could understand why I toed out so badly in the saddle since I've heard that that happens worse the more toed-out you are...but I'm the exact opposite...

Anyway, I don't know if anyone else has experienced this but I figure it can't be really great for me, so I'm asking! :)
     
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    01-09-2011, 10:15 PM
  #2
Trained
What type of saddle is it - English, Western, Australian, Endurance?
     
    01-09-2011, 10:18 PM
  #3
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Western. Probably should have mentioned that. Haha
     
    01-09-2011, 10:41 PM
  #4
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I tend to ride in my dressage saddle the same way, on the outer edge of my foot with my toes pointing straight forwrad. I remember my old dressage instructor actually telling me to put more weight on the outside edge of the foot. So now, I can ride no other way , and it torques the outside of my knee. I am trying to change the angle of the stirrup footbed by using shims to lift the outer edge. There are also stirrups that are offset inthe way they hang so that the footbed is angled downward (toward the horse, upward away from the horse).
But since I have been riding Western lately, I have no such issues. Infact, in a W saddle I never drop my stirrups and my feet and knees are MORE comfortable than in my dressage saddle.
     
    01-10-2011, 01:21 AM
  #5
Trained
I guess my next question is "Why do you want your toes pointing forward?"

I'm a beginner rider, and if I try to force my toes forward, it tightens and stiffens my leg. A stiff or tense leg is much more harmful to good riding than sticking my toes out, so I eventually just accepted having my toes stick out 50 deg. With time, my legs and hips are getting more flexible, so now my toes are only about 30 deg out.

I'd recommend twisting your stirrups to allow whatever foot position you can have while riding with a relaxed and loose leg. And if I've misunderstood what you are saying, I apologize in advance...
     
    01-10-2011, 01:37 AM
  #6
Trained
I agree with the above. People drill "toes forward!" into riders, but in reality, they just mean don't stick your toes out. I think the whole thing has been misconstrued, and the true meaning has been lost. You want your legs to be relaxed and comfortable. By forcing your toes in, it will stiffen up your knees and your hips, preventing you from riding at your true potential because your joints are too locked up.

I do know what you mean about bearing more weight on the outside of your foot. I think most riders do that naturally. But since yours is so extreme, I would work on relaxing your foot and ankle. Take your feet out of the stirrup and point your toe up, then down, then do circles in both directions, etc, until your foot can relax. I would do this at the start of every ride, and whenever you notice it happening during your ride.

I saw your thread about Lacey starting to act up a bit. Have you noticed this problem to happen in relation to that? Maybe your girl is just keeping you on your toes a bit?
     
    01-10-2011, 01:45 AM
  #7
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Is it comfortable to ride like that or are you having pains after rides in your ankles/knees/hips?
     
    01-11-2011, 12:13 AM
  #8
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Originally Posted by bsms    
I guess my next question is "Why do you want your toes pointing forward?"

I'm a beginner rider, and if I try to force my toes forward, it tightens and stiffens my leg. A stiff or tense leg is much more harmful to good riding than sticking my toes out, so I eventually just accepted having my toes stick out 50 deg. With time, my legs and hips are getting more flexible, so now my toes are only about 30 deg out.

I'd recommend twisting your stirrups to allow whatever foot position you can have while riding with a relaxed and loose leg. And if I've misunderstood what you are saying, I apologize in advance...
I think I do have a pretty relaxed, loose leg, until you reach my foot that is. At least, I don't feel tension in my leg, except for my foot...

I really want to have my feet pointed forward because I dream of showing competitively, in something, someday and since I can't do that with my current horse, I figure the next best thing is to get my position perfect while I'm trail riding for hours instead of spending hours practicing "bad" habits... If that makes any sense...

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Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
I agree with the above. People drill "toes forward!" into riders, but in reality, they just mean don't stick your toes out. I think the whole thing has been misconstrued, and the true meaning has been lost. You want your legs to be relaxed and comfortable. By forcing your toes in, it will stiffen up your knees and your hips, preventing you from riding at your true potential because your joints are too locked up.

I do know what you mean about bearing more weight on the outside of your foot. I think most riders do that naturally. But since yours is so extreme, I would work on relaxing your foot and ankle. Take your feet out of the stirrup and point your toe up, then down, then do circles in both directions, etc, until your foot can relax. I would do this at the start of every ride, and whenever you notice it happening during your ride.

I saw your thread about Lacey starting to act up a bit. Have you noticed this problem to happen in relation to that? Maybe your girl is just keeping you on your toes a bit?
I think your first comment is very interesting, and not in a bad way either. I've actually found that I think my lower leg is stiffer with my toes out than with them in... With my toes out, I find that I do a lot of kicking with my heel instead of engaging my entire lower leg. Maybe it's because I toe-in so much irl? I dunno. With my toes pointed forward, I've also found that I can stay with Lacey when she canters much more easily. I had been having major issues with that in the last saddle I was riding in. It's weird for sure!
I'll give that exercise a try! It sounds like it might be helpful. I'm a very stiff person in general so I need all the help I can get! Haha

Perhaps, actually... I keep catching myself with my heels up, and I say to myself "how are you going to stick with Lacey if you have a short, ineffective leg?? Lengthen it up!" So maybe subconsciously I'm trying to combat my heels coming up by forcing them into "correctness" and then getting stiff so they stay down... I've also been riding in rain boots, which probably doesn't help. But I don't have any other footwear that I don't care about getting muddy and that actually fits inside the stirrup (I have a pair of these muck boot type things but they get stuck in the stirrup and I don't want to tempt fate into making me fall off Lacey when I'm wearing footwear that will cause me to get hung up in the saddle).

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Originally Posted by corinowalk    
Is it comfortable to ride like that or are you having pains after rides in your ankles/knees/hips?
I generally have pain in my ankles after I ride, and I always have, even when I was riding with my feet twisted out. I'm not sure why but I'm sure it's probably something else wrong with how I ride.
The thing that brought this to my attention was that I keep having pain in the area of my foot I rest on the stirrup bar, while I ride. But other than that, I'm pain free.
So, I guess the simple answer is no, it is not comfortable to ride like that. Haha
     
    01-14-2011, 05:34 PM
  #9
Foal
Okay well this is way off topic but I have no clue how to post questions so I was wondering...my dads friend has three horses and doesnt like horses so we are takeing care of them. One is fully trained but not riden in a few years, and one has had training but they havent rode her either and the third one has had no training at all. And we don't know anything about them. Go getter the one that is traind we can brush her put the halter on and trot with the lead and the pad we havent tried the sattle yet and im only 11 so I would like some advice how to have a bond with them and respect them but also be in control iv had horses in the past and know how to handle iv been to three differnt instuctors and I would be extreamly happy and thankful for any advice on what to do.
     
    01-14-2011, 06:21 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by aliciaspence    
okay well this is way off topic but I have no clue how to post questions so I was wondering...my dads friend has three horses and doesnt like horses so we are takeing care of them. One is fully trained but not riden in a few years, and one has had training but they havent rode her either and the third one has had no training at all. And we don't know anything about them. Go getter the one that is traind we can brush her put the halter on and trot with the lead and the pad we havent tried the sattle yet and im only 11 so I would like some advice how to have a bond with them and respect them but also be in control iv had horses in the past and know how to handle iv been to three differnt instuctors and I would be extreamly happy and thankful for any advice on what to do.
Few people will see this here. Go to the main forum menu, click something like Horse talk, start a new thread & post your questions there or ask an administrator to help you.
But why would your Dad's friend even have horses if he doesn't like them? Those don't sound like the type of horses young girls should be around without adult supervision-trained adults.
     

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