Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
To be the oddball out, I don't think riding without stirrups is going to help... at all.
What got ME to get my heels down? I started jumping. If I didn't make it over the jump with my heels down, my landing was a mess, I ended up on her neck in the best case scenario, the ground in the worst. The horse I learned to jump on was really not a good teacher, she ran out on jumps, she refused them and then would over jump something fierce. But I tell you what, she taught me that my heels NEEDED to be down otherwise I just wouldn't be balanced enough to stay on for the ride. =]
Try trot poles or cavalettis in your two point. Let your horse go on a loose rein and focus on getting your heels down. Once you get it, you get it, and it'll never be a problem again, but just so you know, I don't think there's a rider in the world who didn't start out having trouble keeping their heels down. =]
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."