Well my IDSH has decided he wants to be a dressage horse. I, uh, I am NOT a dressage rider
Anyway, I’m trying. And I’ll even admit my riding has improved quite a bit. At the beginning of my rides as I’m getting situated while he’s walking on a long line, I’ll sometimes get a horrible burning cramp-like feeling in the area of my gluteus minimus. I’m already hinging on the precipice of piriformis syndrome and I know I’m tight, but I still ride the pony in a jump saddle (tho she’s off to 4H this week as a western/gaming pony for my niece whose horse decided to slice open her leg Sunday) and never experience this. I think from years and years of riding in a jump, often with a very short stirrup as a pony rider, my body is freaking out over a long leg. I ride through it and it never happens at any gait other than the walk at the beginning.
Anyone have any favorite stretches or exercises, in the saddle or out, to recommend helping lengthen the leg and loosen the hip/butt area? I already do a stretch recommended by my masseuse by putting my ankle up on my knee while sitting and leaning forward, since I can do this at work. My saddle fits both him and me very well and it’s deliriously comfortable, and like I said it only happens at the beginning as I remind my leg to lengthen and drape.