I was hoping you might be able to help me figure out what i'm doing wrong! Lol.
I do a lot of riding without stirrups, probably more than I should, but i'm trying to improve my riding form and feel like I sit a horse much better without using stirrups. I am not gripping with the backs of my calves, and keep my leg in the same position as if my foot was in the stirrup. I ride in an older wintec dressage saddle.
I'd say my rides are at least 2/3 stirrup-less, and I ride for about an hour each time. A lot of it is walking and teaching my lease horse to flex/carry himself properly, lateral movements, and some slow sitting trot. A little bit of cantering.
My outer right leg, the muscle running from about mid thigh to just below my knee, hurts and is stiff after I ride. My left leg is not affected at all. I don't feel my right leg being in an incorrect position at all, and it only hurts after I dismount. It will hurt and be stiff for days afterwards.
What am I doing wrong???