My toes stick out and I ride off the back of my calf. How can I fix this?? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 14 Old 05-07-2012, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question My toes stick out and I ride off the back of my calf. How can I fix this??

Hi,

Many people have pointed out that my feet stick out, and I'm just riding off the back of my calf. It's like I have duck feet when I ride, and I know this is not a good thing. I cannot figure out how to fix this problem though... When I try to bring my toes in/forward my ankles roll over and all of my weight is put on my ankle which is really painful.

What can I do to fix this??

I can attach some pictures if that will help.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-07-2012, 10:04 PM
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when you're sitting in your saddle take you feet out of the stirrups and let you leg hang loosely down. take your left hand and put your hand palm up underneath your thigh from the back (so palm up and fingers facing forward towards the horse's ears). grip your thigh enough with your hand so that you can move your leg but don't pinch yourself or anything! ;) bring your hand back towards the rear of the horse, rolling your thigh "in" or clockwise towards the saddle flap. this will feel a little odd as you sound like you're unused to having your leg actually on the saddle/horse. notice how your hip opens more and your leg will hang move easily down and around the horse's barrel. no do the same thing with your right thigh. swing your lower leg around a little and feel how your seat bones are actually on the saddle and your legs are around the horse with toes easily and naturally pointed forward. pick up your stirrups without picking your thigh up (so just use your toes/feet to find the stirrup iron). and ride.

it will take time and you may have to stop during your ride a few times to readjust but after time this will become more natural to you and you will find that your body has the muscle memory and understanding to sit properly without thinking about it.

good luck! :)
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post #5 of 14 Old 05-07-2012, 10:21 PM
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no, sarah, Mildot must have removed something he was going to say, having second thoughts, perhaps.

not sure. But your thread is fine.
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Do you have prior ankle injuries? I have scar tissue in mine from old sprains, and it makes it very difficult for me to keep my heels down and my toes in if I'm using conventional stirrups. I went to the jointed stirrups and they have been a huge help with this problem! My ankles and knees would always be sore after riding with the conventional stirrups, but now it's not a problem.
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I have had countless sprained ankles in the past. I've been told my ankles are very weak.
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I have had countless sprained ankles in the past. I've been told my ankles are very weak.
Jointed stirrups are a bit pricey - I think I paid about $80 for mine - but they've been worth every penny. I'd ask around and see if someone has a pair you could borrow for a trial ride - you'll know pretty quickly if they're going to help your problem. It took me maybe 2 minutes to know. :)
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post #9 of 14 Old 05-08-2012, 12:57 PM
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This is confusing me.. My riding instructor tells us we need our toes pointed out in order to actually get contact in the right spot on our calves. Maybe that's only for jumpers? Even when we are doing flat work she has us with our weight in our heels, gripping with the back of our calve, toes turned out. I am sooo confused.
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Sounds like you need a different instructor Have you asked her to explain her rationale for what she is having you do? I have never trained for jumping (did it but never trained) so I don't know if they tell you to ride with your toes out, etc.
What I have been taught is the inside of your calf should be against the horse, just like the inside of your thigh like crimsonsky explained. Don't shove your heels down....think toes up.

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