Originally Posted by IheartPheobe
everyone else has offered good advice (: sorry this is a little harsh but, I don't think it's safe to be cantering or jumping or anything of the sort if you can't keep your heels down. .
As per another thread about "why heels down?", except for training and "form" the heels down doesn't actually *do* anything otherwise we'd never be able to ride without stirrups and we do. The heels down simply encourages and helps to enforce a proper seat in the first place which is what is important. When I bareback, I haven't the first clue where my heels are, but I'll bet they aren't down.
For lesson purposes, you may be right, but in actual practice, I don't agree.