Toes in? - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 16 Old 08-12-2010, 02:55 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 3,220
• Horses: 0
There's actually a range, from toes forward up to 45 degrees out, depending on your leg structure, size/shape of the horse's barrel, etc. Any more then 45 degrees and you're in danger of riding with your heels in your horse's side off the back of your calf. That's bad because 1) you'll constantly be driving your horse forward and 2) your leg will not be as secure as it could be. I will often remind my kids "toes forward" because it gets a better response then "put your toe closer to a 45 degree angle..." They also get the "why your leg goes in that particular position" lecture quite a bit so they understand that there's more to it then just "toes forward".

NJ- it's not necessarily a "toe" issue, as it is an entire leg issue. If your toes are out, your entire leg is most likely not in the best place. There is a particular position where you will be the most balanced and secure, while being in a place to use your body the most effectively. For a few people it is physically impossible, For some it's physically really difficult, for lots it's completely unnatural, but can be taught. I used to have the habit of riding off the back of my calf. I was pretty good at it. Pretty secure and got a decent response from my horses. It felt horrid to change my leg, but the trainer I was working with made me. After lots and LOTS of work, my leg is in a better place and it's even more secure then it used to be.
upnover is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 16 Old 10-03-2010, 07:51 AM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 269
• Horses: 1
id say toes right forwrd isnt rreally nesscesary.. thats more dressage... i know i dont...
brookebum is offline  
post #13 of 16 Old 10-03-2010, 11:11 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Sunny Coast QLD
Posts: 347
• Horses: 2
Originally Posted by trIplEcrOwngIrl View Post
My instructor told me to do this today when jumping, she said that it was so you can stay up over the jumps and use your thigh muscles.
You should really be balancing your weight through your stirrups not your knees or thighs.

With your toes... I agree with Gypsygirl

May we all see horses through the eyes of children
Shalani is offline  
post #14 of 16 Old 10-08-2010, 03:11 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ashburn, VA
Posts: 340
• Horses: 1
i used to be told to ride with my toes out, idk if it was some kind of fad that is being looked down upon, but i went to another trainer down the line and they made me keep my toes forward. it was really hard, and even painful at first, but now it is natural for me, and i feel as though my leg is more secure over fences. its easier if you keep the outside branch of your stirrup forward, and the inside branch back. my toes arent perfectly forward, but more of the 45 degree angle everyone is talking about.

heres the stirrup position i was talking about:
cosmomomo is offline  
post #15 of 16 Old 10-08-2010, 05:38 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,613
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by Shalani View Post
You should really be balancing your weight through your stirrups not your knees or thighs.
If you're using an auto release then yes your weight is carried by your thighs. It's a similar position to doing squats.
ponyboy is offline  
post #16 of 16 Old 11-12-2010, 11:45 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 1
• Horses: 0
Having your toes out is a sign of good equitation. It keeps your calves at the right place when you grip your horse over the jump and just hacking in general.
Roc n Style is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Toes Up Heels Down & Toes In... Help please Pro English Riding 17 07-11-2010 09:12 PM
Do YOU have cold toes??? catandminot Tack and Equipment Classifieds 3 02-11-2010 11:05 AM
Toes Out Brighteyes English Riding 13 01-09-2010 06:57 PM
My toes are freezing!!! blossom856 English Riding 21 01-11-2009 05:02 PM
English toes vs. Western toes Vidaloco Horse Riding 17 03-21-2008 06:30 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome