Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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Stop thinking of the term "Push your heels down" and start thinking of the term "Get your weight in your heels"
When you allow the weight of your body to naturally dispurse into your heels, then things will be much easier :) As I find :)
If you allow the weight to naturally flow, from your head, into your seat, and from your seat into your heels - there's no forcing, but yet, you are still anchored.
No gripping or pinching with your knee's or your tigh or calves - make sure you have even "pressure" - light contact through your thigh, knee and calves on the saddle, but no gripping or pinching. The moment you block that weight flow from happening, there's no where for that weight to go, so then you find yourself "balancing" on your feet incorrectly. Your leg should remain neutral, until you need it.
I do a lot of 2 point work, where I allow my weight to flow into my heels, while making sure I am balanced over my feet.
I don't think heels down, or toes up - I think weight in my heels. When I think that, everything for me, just naturally happens, without force.