How To Keep Your Heels Down Over The Jump
Exercises To Increase Heel Depth
“Put your heels down…” this is one of the first things every rider is taught because it is so essential to proper position and effective riding. In this topic, Bernie focuses on ways to increase and maintain deep heels every day.
Running Time: 6 minutes and 32 seconds
Gaining Lower Leg Mobility
Here’s a simple, but seldom practiced technique to improve lower leg functionality and position. In this topic, Bernie demonstrates an exercise he uses to encourage stability in the tack and to prevent the toppling effect of an improperly placed or weak lower leg.
Running Time: 4 minutes and 21 seconds
Balance in the Stirrups: The Half-Seat
The Half-Seat is the cornerstone of the American Forward Riding System. In this topic Bernie reiterates just how essential it is to perfect this position.
Running Time: 7 minutes and 58 seconds
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Hi just discovered and bought a few videos from this site as a novice jumper on a green jumper (yeah great combo I know!) I FINALLY have found some classic old school teaching and methods that haven’t been distorted over the years. My instructor is great and very much applies the same methods, but it is good for me to come away and study as my brain is a bit slow at times and find it harder to take in when in the moment! He has commented on my improved position since my home study. Bernie you are fab and Julie Winkel THANK YOU sooo much for your Q&A response on ‘how to keep your heels down over the jump’ explained so simply. Drilling the mantra in my brain as we speak and will be doing lots of practice over poles as suggested. Lyndsey UK
It means so much to us to hear this kind of feedback. Thank you so much. I will be sure to pass it on to Bernie and Julie.:)