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post #1 of 2 Old 08-21-2010, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Pain when cantering?

Whenever I canter, I notice that the muscles around my hips kind of burn.

It's only noticeable in a saddle when I've been cantering for a bit of a long time [I notice it on like...the 5th lap around the arena but we rarely just canter for long lengths of time] However, I was given the chance to ride bareback last night and I noticed it after about half a lap. That may have been partially because I was holding on for dear life with my thighs haha [first time riding bareback + cantering on a feisty little pony with a bony spine]

When I say's like I've been working my muscles REALLY hard, like my thighs feel after I've been 2 pointing for a while. It's really odd.

I know I have a really deep seat when I ride, and I've been trying to lighten it up [we did almost all of our canter work in a half seat yesterday, working on adjusting Scoot's stride] but could that be part of it?

Does anyone know what might be going on, and how I can help fix it? I try to relax the muscles when I canter to see if it helps but I don't notice a difference [it might be that I tense them back up as soon as I stop thinking about it].

Here are some videos of me cantering, maybe they'll help show what I'm trying to explain.

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post #2 of 2 Old 08-22-2010, 10:20 PM
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You appear to be very relaxed in your lower back, at least from what I can tell. I don't really see any reason why you'd be having pain. That being said, any change in position can create tension or pain and bareback on an uncomfortable horse would certainly fit the bill.

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