So recently I've been driving to a barn that's two and a half hours away because that is literally the only place I can ride. I live in one of the worst places in the world to live if you love horses. However, previously I had been able to ride at a few different barns (switched back and forth from a few) but that's option isn't available anymore. I don't own or even lease a horse right now because I can't afford it.
Anyway, on to my problem. For the past six years (and most of my riding life) I had been riding western. Of course, I still rode english occasionally, but I just felt western was easier and that's the saddle I started in. Then I decided I wanted to start training for eventing. So now I'm unlearning everything I thought I knew about my seat and such, as well with jumping and dressage.
But here's the problem. My instructor keeps telling me I need to 'bounce' my heels/calfs against the sides of the horse (but not purposefully bouncing, gently). And for the life of me, I cannot get my legs to bounce without trying to bounce them!!!! I can't explain it very well without demonstrating it (does anyone know what I'm talking about?). She also says I'm posting 'hunter style'. Keep in mind, I've never, ever, ever been in a hunter show or been taught to keep my seat 'hunter style'. The only english shows I've been in have been equitation on the flat classes. I've taped myself riding and watched it back again and personally, I think my seat looks fine...
Also, apparently I have a short achilles heel (I've never had a problem keeping my heels down before?!?) which I'm trying to stretch whenever I can.
I'm hoping that someday soon I'll be able to compete again, this time around in eventing.
I know this is probably super overwhelming, but can anyone give me any advice on this?