Horseback Riding/heels down

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Question
hello ma'am, while riding a horse, why should our heels be down and only our toes remain in the stirrup irons?

Answer
Rohit,

For a  race rider or jump rider, it is even more important for a rider to have their heel lower than their toes.
It lends stablility to the position, and enables them to use their lower leg more correctly. If the heel is not lower, the rider has more chance to tip forward and lose their balance.

Try something .......lean one arm against a wall to keep your balance and lift one of your legs off the ground. Point your toe down, and then pretend to use your leg on your horse. As you can tell, there is no strength in your calf, the muscles are contracted, and there is no substance or clarity to the leg aid.

Now just allow your foot to be level or let the heel becaome lower. You will feel the difference. If you were on a horse, this would allow you to give clearer leg signals to the horse, and you would not fall forward.


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Mitzi Summers

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I am currectly registered in the HORSE TRAINING category. I feel that I would also be helpful in this category as horseback riding is also my field of expertise. I can answer any questions abou trider postion, correct use of aids, specific problems, physical and mental (fear) that rider may encounter, and suitablility of horse to rider.

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I have been teaching riding for over 35 years. I have taught all over the States, plus Europe, new Zealand, and south Africa. I specialize in teaching each horse/rider pair as an INDIVIDUAL case, not generalizing in any area. I encourage non-abusive techniques, and can help with almost all disciplines- Dressage, Stock Seat, Hunter, Jumper, Trail and Pleasure horses. I also have certified over 250 Instructors for the Certified Horsemanship Association and Centered Riding.Rode with the Royal Lipizzan Stallion Tour.

Organizations
Centered Riding, Inc. Certified Horsemanship Association New York State Horse Council Humane Society Greenpeace Barneveld Horsemans Association New York 4-H

Publications
WESTERN HORSEMAN PEGASUS EXPRESS, Alabama YANKEE PEDDLER, HORSE BITS HOOF BEATS CHRONICLE OF THE HORSE N.Y.HORSE online BITLESS BRIDLE (Dr. Cook) on line CENTERED RIDING on line CERTIFIED HORSEMANSHIP ASSOCIATION

Education/Credentials
Degree from Michigan State British Horse Society A.I Certificate from Northern Equitation Centre. Level IV Centered Riding Clinican (one of 20 in the world) Clinician and Master Instructor for the Certified Horsemanship Associaiton American Judging Association Judge (finished top 1/3 in judging Hunt seat, Stock seat, and Saddle seat).

Awards and Honors
2010 Certified Horsemanship Assocation Instructor of the Year Trained and rode the Northeast Regional Morgan Horse Reserve Champion and Champion Sport Horse (qualifying for Oklahoma Finals) Trained and rode the Northeast Pinto-Paint Stallion Champion, qualifying for the Finals. Awarded the Toastmaster Champion for Regional Competition Several awards form N.Y. 4-H volunteering as Hunt Seat Chairperson for 3 years, plus giving numerous clinics.

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