So the past year has been rather good to me riding wise. We’re jumping cross rails and verticals now!! Even got to try my trainer’s more forward lesson horse on the flat, but while I could keep up with him (loved his forward gait), I could not keep him from stringing out and leaning through everything. My quarter-horse-wanna-be-TB lesson horse has much more natural balance, but he’s slow as molasses.
That said: I’m having a lot of trouble with my hip flexors. It feels like I have very little ability to encourage proper carriage through circles and lateral work. Right now I am using my crop to help my left leg (a light tap or two on the shoulder reminds him to listen to my very weak signals) as it’s the weaker of the two. Partway through my lessons, particularly lateral/circle work, I will feel like the outside of my hip (usually the left) is trying to collapse in on itself and I will have to cross the leg over the withers and lean forward to stretch it out. My left pinky toe will also go numb. (Note: He is such an amazing horse putting up with all my weird yoga poses in the saddle!)
I am doing a lot of core/hip exercises (knee planks, side leg lifts, donkey kicks, and tons of stretching), but as anyone with Fibromyalgia know, muscle building is a long term game with very slow gains. I also do not hold any kind of flexibility/looseness in my muscles so I asked my trainer for longer warmups to stretch.
TL:DR - Hitting a wall with hip troubles, particularly with lateral/circle work. Thoughts/Commiserations/Tips/Suggestions?