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horseluver50 12-02-2010 01:46 AM

Training my toe in?
 
I have been riding for 7 years now, mainly english... took a break to do western for a year, and now I'm getting into it again.

Everything is going pretty good, but the one problem is my feet. I am always sticking them straight out to the side like a bird's wings or something :S haha

I can't seem to get them in... does it just take time, or is there a special trick to it?

Zeke 12-02-2010 01:52 AM

I "trained" my toes to be in by always sitting pigeon toed while I was at school, the dinner table, the car (when I wasn't driving) and of course while on the horse. Do not ask me why it worked, maybe it was the reputition or the fact I made my self so concously aware of it at all times but it helped me! It was a suggestion from an old riding friend. I was told if you look down while riding, you should be able to see your toes because they should be directly under you knees. It also helps to have someone ringside always reminding you too.
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horseluver50 12-02-2010 01:58 AM

^^ I would have never thought of that myself, and it sounds like it would work! I will do that, and see how it goes :) Thanks so much!

Zeke 12-02-2010 02:04 AM

Meant to say you SHOULDNT be able to see your toes while riding...

Good luck! I know it sounds ridiculous but I noticed a difference, and there's no harm in trying hahah. I'm sure someone else can give you something a tad more practical.
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VelvetsAB 12-02-2010 02:32 AM

Not everyone is going to be able to have feet that are straight forward. I do not get the obsession some people have with wanting feet that are perfectly straight. If that is how your body is, I do not think that there is much you can do about it. If it is not affecting your riding, then dont worry about it. Just watch your toes on fences!

XxemmafuriaxX 12-02-2010 03:52 AM

i have this problem, my instructor is always screaming at me but its just not "natural" for my feet to sit twisted (thats how it feels to me) i will have to keep practising, and i understand the obsesion as i have failed an exam simply because my toes were out for the whole test! what my instructor does is at the very beginning of the lesson he puts my feet how they should be tells me to relax my ankle and keep my knee down and i have to sit there for 10 minutes it is helping just slowly. i think it may be something to do with our tendons being diferent lengths i also roll my ankles alot and as Zeke said i sit at work with my toes in hahah sorry im not much help but just thought you would like to know your not alone :)

horseluver50 12-02-2010 01:41 PM

^^ Thanks everyone... the thing with me though is, that I wear spurs, and I have to train my toe in more. It doesn't need to be straight forward, but in between. Everytime I canter, when my feet stick out, the spurs tap her and cause her to do flying changes all the time, which confuses her :S haha

I think my feet are naturally that way though, because when I walk, my feet are outwards too :S
I guess it will take some practice :)

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Not everyone is going to be able to have feet that are straight forward. I do not get the obsession some people have with wanting feet that are perfectly straight.

I am not wanting them to be straight forward, just inbetween straight forward and straight out haha. I am starting to ride hunter style, so it's not supposed to be right forwards. But, I keep confusing my horse when I hit her with the spur because my feet are out :)

Zeke 12-02-2010 01:51 PM

See, spurs are a very practical reason to not have feet perpendicular to the horse. Mis-cuing the horse is not something you want to do! The fact it's poor equitation and you cannot do well in many shows is another reason.

People don't obsesse over toes in Just for fun...

spirithorse8 12-02-2010 02:52 PM

Walk with your toes straight...............keeps your knees straight and closes your hips and relieves lower back pain

PoohLP 12-02-2010 04:36 PM

Something to consider. The ankle isn't always the problem with toes out. Sometimes the toe out is a symptom of pinching knee or thighs. If your knees and thighs are correct and relaxed, that should cause your calf to bear more of your weight and balance, which will naturally bring your toe in. Also, make sure your stirrup is laying across your foot correctly, with the outside bar touching your little toe and angling toward the ball of your big toe.


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