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post #1 of 8 Old 02-17-2014, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Equitation help please!

Hi everyone! I have a bit of an issue that I can't seem to get rid of!
I am a hunter jumper and equitation over fences rider and I noticed that when I jump or sometimes even on the flat I tend to turn my toes out. How can I fix this? Maybe there are some different types of stirrups I can try? Unfortunately this is a habit I am having a very difficult time breaking and it has been the tie breaker between me getting a first and second place in shows I think one of the reasons why I do this is because I am so worried about keeping my heels down that I brace my leg against the stirrup which pushes my heel down, but turns my toe out. But if I don't brace my leg, it feels like my heels aren't down enough. Please help!
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Hmm...if you're jamming your heel down and that is what's causing it, instead of thinking heels down, think toes up. That will keep your heel down but not cause you to jam. Also, I would try to keep the front part of your leg on the horse a bit more - if you do that, your toes would go straighter I would think. I know George Morris calls this an older but workmanlike style of a two-point. If this is your only problem, you are very lucky!

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If you're Eq, up to a 45* angle isn't a bad thing. It allows you to keep the back of your calf on the horse.


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Do you have any pictures or videos to help us maybe determine the cause?
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Do you have any pictures or videos to help us maybe determine the cause?
I do, but I have no idea how to post photos on here
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Hmm...if you're jamming your heel down and that is what's causing it, instead of thinking heels down, think toes up. That will keep your heel down but not cause you to jam. Also, I would try to keep the front part of your leg on the horse a bit more - if you do that, your toes would go straighter I would think. I know George Morris calls this an older but workmanlike style of a two-point. If this is your only problem, you are very lucky!
thank you for the advice! Ill definitely try that!!
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If you're Eq, up to a 45* angle isn't a bad thing. It allows you to keep the back of your calf on the horse.
yeah, that makes a lot of sense. I noticed that I am not the only rider in the show ring with this problem, but I know it is kind of a problem. Thanks!
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