Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
Since the "correct" way for English riding is to keep the heels down, I'd say do alot of stretching in your calves. That's helped alot of people
I would venture to say that keeping your heels down is not only important for english riding, but also western, and general equitation (for security of rider).
I ride bareback a lot, and also have tight calves, so keeping heels down is hard for me too. I would also suggest stretching (advice that I should follow as well
) One thing is that I am always very conscious of my heel/leg position, which helps a lot...just keep reminding yourself of it in your head. I am even sure to keep my heels down when riding bareback - that will help keep you in the habit and thinking about it.