Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
It's not about "Keeping Heels Down", it's about "Allowing Bodies Weight To Flow Naturally Into Your Heels". Of course, our heels are an important factor to keeping us solidified in our tack, but in order for it to occur properly, we have to be using our bodies correctly.
Our weight must beable to naturally flow from our heads, down into our seats, down through our legs and into our heels, but that cannot happen if we are gripping or pinching somewhere.
You're on the right track of having your student work on his 2 point position, that is very important, and to find balance over his feet - very important - but you wont achieve weight in his heels if he is gripping or pinching, he has to learn to open his legs to allow that weight to naturally dispurse.
There has to be correctly leg placement in the saddle. Knee's opened, calves properly placed on the horses side, foot properly placed on the irons, leathers at correct length for riders leg - all must work together to allow the rider to find their weight in their heels. To allow their heels to anchor them in their tack. If there is a missing link somewhere, this will be difficult to achieve.