I ride western tinyliny. When I say that I brace, I meant that I lock my leg underneath me, and end up with my weight unevenly held on my right or left side. I feel uneven when I canter, so I know somehow I'm off balance. My instructor says I try too hard to keep my heels down, and that that causes me to brace against my leg, causing me to bounce around when cantering. I brace my right, and the left leg either ends up carrying too much weight because I'm trying too hard to to balance out, or my foot ends up coming out of the stirrup because most of my weight is on my right side. I know there is plenty of human error in the equation, I'm just trying to figure out if I've got a mechanical problem too.
My canter has improved a lot from where I began. At first I could only go a few strides before my feet were out of the stirrups or I was so off balance I had to stop. I usually had to pull my saddle back to the center too. Now my feet more or less stay where they should be, and I actually managed to get two and a half laps at the canter in before I had to stop and readjust yesterday (which was a first, usually I get in one
). I usually don't have to adjust the saddle anymore either.
Does that help explain it any better, or just make it more confusing? I will ask about doing work without stirrups next lesson- its something that I've been thinking about trying for a few weeks.