Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
ive been doing some of this stuff with my husband because he has been having trouble with his left foot. only his left one though lol he kept losing his stirrup on that side and couldnt keep his heels down so i had him drop his right stirrup but keep his left. it helped but he had the same problem as you are having.
sometimes its hard to explain but 3days3ways explained it well. to add to that ill tell you what i told my husband. rising trot without stirrups (or with for that matter) is like walking. when you walk you basically evenly distribute the weight/force between all your muscles. you dont apply extra pressure with your knees. its the same thing when you are rising/posting. you should be applying an even pressure all the way down your leg. sitting tall and making sure your heels are down is mighty helpful too.
stay relaxed, be confident and sit tall. being relaxed is such a huge part in how well these things may or may not work. my hubby was also having major cantering issues until he learnt to relax and go with the horse instead of tensing up and going against him. but thats a whole different story there lol
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"