Originally Posted by Ashley S
On some of the school horses I find that it's easier to canter without stirrups than with, I can just move with the horse better because I'm not focusing on trying to keep the stirrups which must be making me have the wrong leg position. On some of the narrower horses like this arab I can canter fine with stirrups but on some of the wider horses like the cobs I find it easier without? Has anyone else has this strange experience or any advice on how to work on keeping a better leg position?
If it's easier to sit without the stirrups - the solution to your problem will be found there :).
My first guess would be that you may be putting too much weight in your stirrups, which in turn locks up your pelvis, therefore making it impossible to compensate for the horse's movement.
The solution then, would be to ride with the stirrups as if they weren't there! What I mean is with your feet in the stirrups - lift your toes up a little bit, so you have just enough pressure to keep your stirrups, but not press hard into them. You can ride in the canter - play with different weight in the stirrups, even let them go on purpose and figure out what works best.
If this is not the case, I would suggest looking into whether or not having your feet in the stirrups changes where your legs are: Do you have to reach down for them? Or do your feet end up higher on the horse with stirrups? Then the answer would be to adjust the stirrup length to where you ride the best.
I hope this helps