leg pain after riding without stirrups
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???