From the first day in the saddle, the rider is told “hold your heels down,” and from that moment on, the rider painfully tries to keep his heels down and presses them with force below the stirrup. Is this right, and why do we need to keep the heels down?
– Increases the contact area of the leg with the horse, which improves the impact of controls.
– Focuses the weight of the rider in the lower body. The heel lowered down serves as a support for finding the necessary balance in the saddle when the horse moves.
– Prevents slipping of the foot through the stirrup.
– Demonstrates flexibility and, therefore, the ability to perform the functions of a shock absorber. Continue reading