Bruised butt from riding without stirrups! How can I fix that?
I think I might be doing something wrong, but when I trot without stirrups I often get a sore butt after. Today my instructor had me trotting a long time without stirrups, both posting and sitting, and with one stirrup or none. It was fine for the first few minutes of trotting, but soon it was painful each time I hit the saddle. I'm a relatively new rider (I've been riding for about 6 months, once a week) so I might just be doing something very wrong. It's not my muscles being sore, although they do get sore sometimes.
Any ideas on how to prevent this bruising? (It occurs where my butt bones are, not the tailbone but the two front ones) Also, do you have any tips on how to post properly without stirrups? Posting seems to make the pain worse when I don't have stirrups, and I often land on the pommel. And one last thing! How should I post the trot with one stirrup without tilting?
Thank you so much!