I am a beginner mountain biker. I am aware that many people ride with one specific foot forward. Are there advantages to learning to ride with either foot forward? Are there any moves which are easier to perform with one specific foot forward (e.g. is turning right easier with the right foot forward)? Do people truly have a dominant foot (comparable to a dominant hand, the result of a presumably hard-wired brain asymmetry), or is it down to which habit they develop?
Originally, I tried to alternate between feet, mostly because I got tired quickly. Now I find myself using the same foot forward more and more often, and I am having trouble with some moves (such as the track stand) when not using the preferred foot. It is still not too late to try to train my legs in a more balanced way, hence the question. Or I could just be lazy let the same-foot-forward habit develop ...
Naively, balanced and symmetric physical training should always provide advantages. I believe most people have a preferred foot on the skateboard, yet some moves are only possible with a specific foot forward, so pros can skate with either foot. The same goes for archery: in basic archery people usually use the same hand, yet if you want to learn to shoot from horseback in either direction, you need to learn to use either hand.
On the other hand, most people do truly have a hard-wired dominant hand. Trying to use the non-dominant one (such as lefties being forced to write with the right) will leave them disadvantaged. Thus it may be pointless, or even counter-productive to skill development, to force alternating between feet.
I worry that some answers will be too subjective or speculative, so let me put a couple of objectively answerable questions as well:
Are there any moves (presumably turning) which are clearly easier to do in a specific direction relative to the forward foot?
Do pro riders typically alternate between feet?