Originally Posted by SarahandDallas
I need to try that
I actually discovered it purely by accident. I got back into riding as a 40 year old. I had spent 6 long years stuck jumping twigs on the ground because I just could not keep my heels down and get a solid base of support. A few weeks ago, I entered a hunter pace in a place my horse and I had never been before. I couldn't find a partner and was told they would pair me up with someone. I get there to find a total of 6 trailers parked, no horses around and was told everyone had already rode out and I would have to go alone. Despite having never done it with my horse who likes to follow and not lead, I already had made the trip so I gave it a try. The hunter pace ended up being 3 solid hours of hay fields, big hills and fences that I would normally never jump. About 2 hours into the ride, I felt something happen in my calves. I think after years and years of constant contraction, the muscles just finally cried uncle and let go. My heels dropped with them and I spent the last hour feeling more secure than I ever had in the saddle. We even tried some of the larger fences and my anchor was solid. I have since improved my jumping 100%. I credit it all to that 3 hour ride...and of course my super horse who did the whole thing like a champ by himself.