Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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Great posts Kaydeebug! You need to move over here!
Just to add to Kayty's awesome posts, coming from an Eventer, here's my added information....
What I've learnt over the years, this is from riding Dressage, Jumping and XC, that your heels must be your anchor - they are one of the most important ingredients in the whole recipie. If they cannot anchor you in your tack, you're in trouble.
You must allow your bodies weight to flow naturally from your head, all the way down into your heels - but if you pinch or grip with your knees, you are now blocking that natural weight flow from occuring - which is bad, which means, that weight flow goes from your head, into your seat, downwards, but gets blocked off by your knees....so that weight flow has nowhere else to go, but remain in your upper area of your body.
So, as Kayty stated, that makes you very vulnerable in your tack, instead of solidified. That leaves you with you trying to find your balance in your feet by lifting your heels instead of sinking into them....your lower body can no longer do its job. Which means, your heels cannot be your anchors.
When you open your knees, and allow your heels to do their job - that weight flow can now dispurse past your knees, and into your lower leg, and into your heels.
When you allow your heels to be your anchor, that means that your seat can do its job as well because of that natural weight flow. That weight must beable to go from your top, all the way through to your bottom.