My friend and I have switched saddles for the month, lol. I don't like my saddle (and apparently it doesn't fit me too well) and she hates her so...we swapped for the time being.
Anyways, I'm currently riding in an old Collegiate (no knee rolls or padded flaps or anything) and while it's a lot more comfortable to ride and find my balance in, it's really made my problem a lot more obvious.
When I sit the canter, my hips get very, very tense. Like, I can't loosen them to go with the flow and if/when I attempt, I end up bracing against my stirrups and my leg comes out in front of me. I do tend to sit very upright/too far back but no matter where I place my body, I still can't loosen my hips. If I canter more than a few laps, my hips also start to ache (which generally makes me think about how tight they are haha)
It was so bad yesterday that I kept losing one of my stirrups because that leg was getting all scrunched up.
This also happens when I canter bareback and no stirrups, even if I REALLY try to just relax them.
Here I am a few weeks ago cantering
And then last winter, but you can kinda see more of my position here (and yes, I was really far back heading to the jumps. I'm working on it)
Any ideas WHY my hips are doing this? And any tips on how to relax them? It's to where I feel like I can't sit the canter comfortably anymore (especially on Frenchie) I do stretch almost every time before I ride so I'm just really, really confused. Is it my stirrup length (I did drop them a hole yesterday but my hips were still really tight)? The way I'm sitting? (I'm TRYING so hard to close my hip angle and fix that whole problem, but I'm not there yet)