Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
English or Western?
Riding western, if I'm on Trooper, I need to shorten my stirrups a hole if I'm planning on cantering. I normally ride with very long stirrups, so one hole shorter is still not short. On Cowboy, it doesn't matter - he has a very smooth canter.
Knee pain makes it sound like you're either holding with your knees, or forcing your toes forward. If you are pinching with your knees, try making a conscious effort to shove your knees apart when riding, and particularly at a canter.
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."