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    09-30-2011, 11:24 PM
Ankle stretches

So, today was an amazing day and I actually RODE Aires for more than like two minutes. Lol We made it about fifteen (would have gone longer), but my ankle started hurting something fierce. I wasn't bracing in the stirrup, but dropping my heel down started to really hurt. Anyway, I'm going to try a different saddle tomorrow (used the BO's synthetic Abetta today because I can lift it by myself...tomorrow might try his nice Circle Y that weighs two tons and have my friend [or the BO] help me lift it) to see if a different saddle and stirrups help any.

Anyway, I need to do something to help stretch out and loosen up my ankle. I'm wondering if doing calf stretches would help (stand on a stair with just the balls of your feet or toes on the edge and then drop your weight into your heels and stretch downward...used to do this when I played soccer and it was AMAZING). Any other ideas?
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    09-30-2011, 11:26 PM
That's what I do drafty. Most of the time it's on a gate in between horses lol!
    09-30-2011, 11:58 PM
LOL, MHFQ! I did these stretches was when I was working as a costumer on a local production of Sweeney Todd a few months ago. Everyone thought I was crazy, but I got a few of them to try it and pretty soon all of them were doing it. Lol
    10-01-2011, 12:00 AM
Being a costumer sounds fun!
    10-01-2011, 12:01 AM
I always do those stretches on my left ankle before I ride....broke it 4 yrs ago and it is still super stiff.
    10-01-2011, 12:10 AM
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
Being a costumer sounds fun!
It was an absolute BLAST!! I also got to work the fog machine for the oven set piece, which was hella fun. Whenever someone got killed by Sweeney or anything like that happened, I'd send out a belch of "smoke." If you've ever seen the Broadway play, we were told by several people who had seen it in person that our production was better!

Originally Posted by ScharmLily    
I always do those stretches on my left ankle before I ride....broke it 4 yrs ago and it is still super stiff.
Sweet, Scharm. Good to know I'm on the right track. Last time I sprained my ankle was over ten years ago in high school playing soccer and I didn't have to do any dropping weight into my heels then. Lol
    10-01-2011, 12:10 AM
You need to stretch the hamstrings which attach to the ankles. Do jumpsquats & 180's. Kidding, only I do such goofy things, but then again I can kick the crap outta most peops. I kickbox, lets out all my aggression & keeps me ripped.
    10-01-2011, 12:13 AM
Yeah, I'm too fat to kickbox.

I don't really have any aggression and any anger or frustration I have is best relieved by playing the piano.
    10-01-2011, 12:25 AM
You are not too fat to kickbox!!!!
    10-01-2011, 12:38 AM
I tried it once (okay, it was that Billy Blanks Tae Bo crap, but close enough for government work!)...yeah, my BFF and I ended up falling on the floor laughing because we simply did not have the requisite dexterity or limberness to actually do the moves correctly.

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