Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
It isn't about shoving your heels down, it is about distributing your bodies weight properly through your lower leg. Your heels are supposed to anchor you in your tack, yes - but they cannot do their job properly, if you just shove them down.
Shoving them down does absolutely nothing - you have to allow your bodies weight to flow down into them. But the only way you can do that, is by re-training your muscles.
Get your knee's off your saddle. Stop riding with your knee's. Open them up, and allow your lower leg to do it's job. The moment you pinch or grip with your knee's, you break off the weight distribution that is supposed to occur, so then you loose effectiveness of your lower leg.
Get your inner calf at your horses side. Remember, you are wrapped around your horse, not just ontop.
Don't over post. Alot of people post from their knee's and irons, but it is supposed to be a soft and small movement from your horse lifting you out of your tack, and an even distribution through your inner calf and thigh.
Hope that helps.