...and I have a bit of a problem. As long as I can remember, I have been a toe walker (walk on my tip toes) and I think it has caused me to have a short Achilles tendon, thus making me somewhat incapable of keeping my heels down. I also think that as a result of having big calves (due to walking on my toes), I can't get my heels to apply enough pressure to the horse also, they just wont turn in enough and when I do try to apply pressure, they rise up, but that might be a different cause. And to add insult to injury, my feet don't go in the stirrups straight, but rather point out, and I can never get them to point straight. My feet are just a jumbled mess when riding.
I have been doing stretches to try and lengthen it, and have stopped walking on my toes, but what other things can I do to help myself? It gets really frustrating because if I can't get my heels down, im inbalanced and controlling the horse and getting him to collect is very difficult and it throws my whole riding lesson out of whack. I am definitely doing something wrong, but what it is I don't know.