As riders, to get the most from our time with our horses, we focus on what happens during our saddle and barn time. Yet, what we do away from the barn has as much, and possibly more, effect on our enjoyment of horses.
A prime example of this is high heels. Wearing them from time to time is no problem. However, spending day after day in them, even if you are mostly sitting versus standing, will wreak havoc with your back and balance. Then getting into the saddle with these injuries, yes I do mean injuries, will not be enjoyable to either you or your horse.
Please consider that work place attire and fashion sense can include attractive shoes that are kind to you. Also, whether you wear high heels or not, spend a moment everyday doing a few of these movements:
- Sit with your feet flat on the floor;
- Bring the front of your foot away from the floor a little then return it to the floor;
- Bring your heel away from the floor a little then return it to the floor;
- Bring the front of your foot away from the floor a little, and make a circle in the air, go in both directions;
- Thinking of a peg between your big toe and your second toe, slide your heel right and left.
- Wiggle each toe individually.
Enjoy – these small movements will make all the difference to your feet, legs and back.