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post #1 of 5 Old 10-18-2015, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Trouble keeping heels down.

In theory and in my mind I know that I need to keep heels down and keep weight in the heels ( not really sure I understood meaning of that term completely). When I am doing slow walk, I mentally remind my self constantly to do that and able to Keep heels down.
But, moment I increase the speed and trot, even though I mentally know to do it , it doesn't happen. As I start trotting and bouncing, my foot become lose in the stir up, it gets pushed forward, I am not having just the ball of foot on the stir up anymore. But my foot is pushed forward. Sometimes it almost comes off.
I know it sounds stupid but it's my real problem and I feel frustrated about it.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-18-2015, 11:09 PM
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So what it means is that your weight transfers through your thigh, knee, calf, ankle and down through the heel. If you grip with other parts of your leg your weight will stop there and not transfer through to your heels. I imagine this is what is happening with you. Perhaps you are gripping with your knees, causing your lower leg to become unsteady and move about.

Try to be aware of your leg when you ride, are you gripping anywhere? Are some parts touching the saddle and others not?
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-19-2015, 12:49 AM
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it's the result of gripping UP. you get feeling insecure about your balance, so , natirally, you grip with your lower leg, and you pull upward in order to try and pull yourself downward. and you probably also curl your upper body forward.

think of your legs more like a paper clip, maybe. there's even pressure all down your leg , so you are almost down and around the horse, and continuing to the ground (imagine your heels will dig into the ground , like sort of waterskiing on the ground)

the better you get, thje less you grip at all. you get so yuoi are just sort of "dripping" down the sides of your horse. butm, considering that it's normal to grip, think of it more like the sides of scissors pushing down and in on the hrose, rather than the points of pliers pinching inward on two points
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-19-2015, 12:12 PM
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Try bringing your stirrups up a notch. You may have them set a little aggressively low. I ride in a dressage saddle (shared horse with more experienced rider) and although we're roughly the same height, I have to pull the stirrups up 2 notches before getting on, as she has a much deeper leg than I do. If I forget, I have the *exact* problem you describe. Hope that helps! If nothing else, it's a very quick experiment. (Just pay attention to where they were set *before* you change them - not that I've ever made that mistake before...)
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-19-2015, 07:55 PM
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i always had this issue too - except my legs would go back and my body forward. i agree with what people above have said about your leg and where you put the pressure to try to make yourself feel more comfortable while riding. have you ever tried starting out in 2 point position? if your only walking and trotting, your trainer may not have taught you this yet - its jumping position. but if you do it in the start of your ride just at a stand still or even a walk if you feel comfortable, it just really helps you and teaches you to push your heels down. you can always look up videos on google or even ask your instructor!

also, something you can do at home to help you push your heels down is stand on the bottom of a staircase (assuming you have steps in your house - if not you could use a low chair or stool). you stand on the last step and place the ball of your foot on the edge of the step, just like you have your foot in the stirrup. and just keep pushing your heel down. if you just do it once or twice a day for about 30 seconds, you should see a difference while your in the saddle. even doing it for a few seconds before you leave your house for a lesson is helpful too. pretty soon you should be better in the saddle and not have to do this or have this problem anymore! even if you dont do these things, the more you ride, the better you will become as well.
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