Christy Brown’s Left Foot in the 1989 Irish drama was the center of the story.
Brown was born with cerebral palsy and had control only over his left foot. Growing up in a poor, working-class family, he managed to become a writer and artist.
The film, a partly fictional biography, shows how Brown evolves from not being able to walk or talk, to being able to write, with his left foot, and yes, even play street football, while still not walking.
While “My Left Foot” won many awards, and raised new awareness of some of the unimaginable abilities a strong mind can posses, my own Right Foot hasn’t made much of itself…
It’s always there, poking in.
In just about any picture on horseback I ever see.
Never mind it put me through both college and grad school on a scholarship, and can still, long past middle age, whip out a mean mile on the track. Yes, it still holds its own in the 800′.
In dressage, the thing is an absolute, total handicap.
It stems from how we are all differently put together in the hips. I could let the poking heel be the end of effective riding, focusing endlessly on the asymmetry, and get more and more down.
Or, decide to live with it, continue to be aware, and focus on keeping things as light as possible, and get on with riding. In dressage, more so than other equestrian disciplines, we’re really quick to point out the faults and focus on them to the point we feel no progress can ever be made until it’s gone.
I don’t think this guy feels all that let down by it.
Let’s hear it for all the riding position challenges!