Originally Posted by SamBadger
So in my lesson this weekend my instructor pointed out that when in the canter my legs flap about, normally just my inside leg. She pulled me in and shortened my stirrups quite a bit and this defiantly helped. She thinks that it could be a confidence thing, i'm not always a confident rider and in that lesson it was super windy and the horse I ride really doesn't do great in the wind, anything spooks him and he took off a few times in that lesson.
Is there anything I can do other than shortening my stirrups which will stop my leg flapping about, once she shortened my stirrups it pretty much stopped but I was just wondering if theres anything else I can do which will help, or is it a confidence thing?
Do not just shorten your stirrups. Your problem lies in where your weight is distributed. You need to spend some time in two point at the walk and the trot. Make sure you aren't leaning on your hands either.
Also you may be bracing or pinching with your knees or other lower extremities which causes you to bounce around and your legs to go all over the place. Stretch your legs down with your toes pointing up and straight ahead (not out like a penguin) and that will automatically bring your leg ON the horse, instead of miles away.
There are quite a few reasons for 'flappy' legs at the canter. You'll get it. Remember to breathe though :) Try to enjoy it, instead of fear it. I used to hate cantering but now I love it and have gotten better. You could always ask someone 'certified' to lunge you and practice these techniques at w/t and canter.
Best of luck; it's definitely a process
Watch this video too. It'll help further :)