The Horse Forum banner

Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
16,205 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
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?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11,953 Posts
That's what I do drafty. Most of the time it's on a gate in between horses lol!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16,205 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
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
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11,953 Posts
Being a costumer sounds fun!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16,205 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
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! :shock:

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
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14,153 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16,205 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Yeah, I'm too fat to kickbox. :p

I don't really have any aggression and any anger or frustration I have is best relieved by playing the piano. :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14,153 Posts
You are not too fat to kickbox!!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16,205 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
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. :p
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14,153 Posts
Billy sucks, you come to my gym (my basement & garage), I will teach to kickbox & stretch your hamstrings. Hey wait, you're in Arizona, I am retiring there in a decade, stick around!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16,205 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
LOL! I was hoping to move to Washington state soon, but at the rate I'm going, it might be a decade before I can move! lol What's the draw of AZ, if I may ask? I've lived here all my life and really don't see anything special about it. lol
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17,293 Posts
This exercise should get you laughing. A 10" or 12" piece of 2x6 is set on the floor about 2 feet or so out from the wall. Wearing your riding boots, place the ball of the feet on the board and drop your heels to the floor. Use the wall for balance. OK, likely you are leaning forward a bit and your bum is sticking out. Now, straighten your knees. Now pull your bum in toward the wall and stand up nice and straight, if you can. Usually about this time the laughter starts. Feel the pull all the way up including the glutes. Relax and repeat 9 more times, daily then twice daily. Gradually increase how long you can stand straight. Set it up so you can watch tv. It works.
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top