Heels down - Is it really that important? - Page 3
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding

Heels down - Is it really that important?

This is a discussion on Heels down - Is it really that important? within the English Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category

    Like Tree15Likes

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        02-18-2013, 06:52 PM
      #21
    Trained
    I also have the "can't get heels down problem". As for trying to stretch things out, be very careful. I managed to create severe pain in my right ankle simply by standing in the stirrups and allowing the weight to sink down into my heels. My horse was grazing at the time so no movement, bouncing, anything was going on and something still went wrong. One minute all was good, the next I felt a pop, something overflexed down there, and I was in excruciating pain for over 2 weeks. I'm still very guarded about really flexing that heel since it's been tender ever since whenever I try to get that heel down despite the fact that it happened 6 months ago.

    Hopefully heels down is just a finishing step of the rest of the lower leg being in the right position, because mine will never me optimum either.
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        02-19-2013, 01:06 AM
      #22
    Showing
    Puck, good point - if you're going to stretch your achilles and try to gain more flexibility, do it over time, it won't happen overnight or even within the same week or two. I nearly had the same experience - I felt something pop and there was quite a bit of pain, but it didn't last.. thank goodness. Stretching into heels down has also aggravated my bad knee...
         
        02-22-2013, 06:48 PM
      #23
    Foal
    I've been having the same problem for a while now as well! Stretching might help.
         
        02-22-2013, 10:32 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    Throwing in my two cents, but I also have very short, tight Achilles tendons.

    As a child I was always given grief by various instructors for my poor heels. As an adult I was diagnosed with those short tendons, had surgery on one (BIG mistake), and it's just something I have to live with... and explain to every instructor I run across.

    I agree that over time, your heels will stretch a bit more. But it angers me that some people consider those of us with problematic heels to be less-accomplished riders than those who can naturally flex their heels down to the ground. It unfortunately also puts me at a huge disadvantage in the eq ring. But oh well.. we weren't all created equal. :)
         
        02-23-2013, 12:08 AM
      #25
    Trained
    Don't worry heymckate, it happens with everything in riding. I do t have issues with my heels, but I have very short musculature legs with a significant booty and a tiny waist - possibly the worst body type for a Dressage rider!
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        02-23-2013, 06:05 PM
      #26
    Foal
    As long as your weight is in your heels, then you should be fine. That's the whole point of the "heels down"; it's to keep you balanced in the saddle, especially if your horse trips. Let your trainer know about it and maybe she can help you :)
         
        02-25-2013, 11:37 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    I read in Practical Horseman magazine in an article - I THINK it was Rodrigo Pessoa, but maybe not - that your heels should not be crammed down. Instead, toes should be up. The toes up helps with balance, and while it's good to have weight in the heel, the cramming is excessive and does something to your legs, but I don't quite remember what that was...

    ANYWAY, TOES UP GUYS!
    heymckate likes this.
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    WHY HEELS DOWN and not UP? xxBarry Godden English Riding 87 12-04-2009 05:06 AM
    Heels!!!!! Mountless20 English Riding 9 10-05-2009 08:31 PM
    Heels down, toes pointed in...Is it really that important?? RideroftheWind English Riding 18 08-07-2009 01:53 AM
    Low heels? cherriebark Horse Health 6 02-24-2009 12:22 PM
    Heels down VanillaBean English Riding 10 10-24-2008 07:36 PM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:27 AM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0