Spinoff on the heels down thread: Anyone who just can't get their heels down?
So the heels down thread got me thinking. Is there anyone on here who just can't physically get their heels down when riding?
I truely can not get there! I can get them even.... that's about it. My OS and physical therapist were just about shocked when they saw how poor my flexability and range of motion in my ankles are. I broke my ankle in June, and when I was in for a follow up a few weeks ago he was checking to see how much I could bring my heel down (um... not happening) and was disappointed in my progess until he saw how far I could go in my other ankle- they are almost even now.
Seriously, I've tried stretching exercises, riding exercises etc.. it just doesn't happen for me. My previous trainer (that I worked for at the time) couldn't grasp the idea that I just couldn't get them down no matter how hard I tried and said that until I could get my heels down, I wasn't allowed to ride. My current trainer realizes that I at least try to get them down.
I do find it easier to get them 'down' (ok, barely) if my stirrups are longer than if they are shorter (like jumping length).
So is there anyone else on here who struggles with this?