Okay so I was taught by 2 very advanced show-jump riders and a classical dressage rider for over 8 years so I believe I am a pretty good rider. I was riding my friend's horse for her (at a different barn; in the double sized indoor arena) and the barn owner was giving a lady a lesson. I was trotting and walking patterns and stuff when she walked over to me and told me I was basically a bad rider! I 'hurt' the horse the way I ride, according to her. She is like ALL NATURAL and she teaches her students with bitless bridles and she does not like using sturrips. She says you heel should come up when you ride so you do not put weight hard on his back. I have always been taught to ride with your heels slightly down.
Can anyone straighten this out for me? I am really confused about this but I do not really believe your heels should come up when you ride. (Her students ride a bit like monkeys, no offence. But they hold the reins with straight arms and their wrists straight down! Ouch!) Thanks for your help!