Join Date: May 2009
Location: Near the mighty Mississippi River
This is a shot in the dark and probably wrong, but maybe your saddle is too small for you and is hitting your bum when you come down?
Sometimes when I am afraid I will bring my legs up, just relfex I guess and it makes the stirrups bang my ankles which makes my legs and ankles hurt or my stirrups feel longer than they did before, which was the case last friday.
I don't know to be honest. This is just an option. As about your hear beating so hard, you may have been holding your breath and didn't realize it. I do it sometimes when I canter, just nervousness mostly for me.