Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I wouldn't worry much about 'heel down' at this stage. With time, as you limber up with riding, your heel can come down. But I started at 50, and there was no way my heel was going down at the start.
Most folks try to get the heel down by pushing with their leg, which causes tension and stiffness in the leg and thigh and makes you bounce more. A relaxed leg that allows the weight to go uninterrupted to the heel is far more important than "heels down'. Instead of thinking 'heel down', I suggest concentrating on 'knee not gripping' and 'relaxed leg'.
Are you riding western or English?
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."