After three years of a break I am finally getting back to riding at a new barn with a new instructor. Today I had my second lesson and I was rediscovering my posting trot. About fifteen minutes in, my right ankle started spazzing a little bit, wobbling back and forth from sticking my toe out to forcing it forward. I have always had bad ankles but I think the real problem came from my old instructor.
Years ago, my problem was that my feet stuck out almost perpendicular to the horse. I eventually mastered this problem and the opposite extreme was acheived- my toes pointed perfectly straight (as my instuctor wanted them). Now my new instructor is saying that this creates an unnatural position, with my leg becoming bow-legged in the saddle- my knees sticking out somewhat and my toes pointing perfectly forward and giving me the appearance of wrapping my legs around the horse. She suggested that I reposition my foot so that it rested diagonally through the stirrup and I have to admit that this felt much better. But after a few minutes of riding my right ankle still became weak and floppy, probably because of fifteen minutes of riding bowlegged!
Has anyone else had this problem? And are there any exercises that would help strengthen my ankles? Thanks!