My feet have ALWAYS gone numb when I horse ride. For as long as I remember trail rides with my mother meant numb feet.
It wasn’t until I damaged my spine, up near my waist, that I got the same feeling, numb feet, all the time (I’m “fixed now!) and realised it comes from your waist not your feet!
Numb feet comes from up in the lower back.
It happens more when we walk more, rather than trotting or cantering. It might also happen when we’ve been riding for long stirrups forever, and we suddenly shorten them to the correct length. It’s not so much something in the ankle and knee, it’s more that the longer the stirrup, the more arch in your waist. That’s why stirrup length is so important!
IS THIS SERIOUS?
Unless you really have PAIN, then it normally isn’t anything to worry about. We see the same numbness in the hands when we’re driving a car correctly with our hands on the steering wheel 10 and 2 o’clock.
However if you have pain, I definitely recommend discussing it with your chiropractor, therapist or medical practitioner if you’re worried.