Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
A picture would help. Do you ride English or western? Personally, if I push to lower my heel, it stiffens my leg and makes me bounce more.
Lower heels will not prevent you from leaning forward. I tend to lean forward a lot - it is my preference in riding - and a lower heel doesn't prevent me from doing so. Lots of folks ride in a forward seat with very low heels...my heels are 55, so they don't bend the way some people's do!
If you want to be more upright in the saddle, you will probably have to force yourself. It will feel like you are leaning back, but a picture would show you are not. In a western saddle, I've ended up holding the horn and feeling like I'm lounging back while trotting, only to have pictures show I was upright at the time. When you sit more upright, you will also need more movement in your lower back to move with the horse.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)