This post started at standing up in the saddle but then I found this great article on heals down (← click to go there).  A good read for my students that consistently hear from me “get your heels down”.

The article says this about the exercise I have my students do: “Stand Up – (stretch calves, find balance) stand in stirrup straight up, holding mane or grab strap, letting weight sink into heels, knees bent slightly to absorb shock, seat above heels not leaning over pommel, at the walk and trot”

Not an easy task to perform.  Now let me know from the pictures by number which ones have it right?

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