I've developed a nasty habit and the root cause was identified today while I was having a semi casual lesson by an HJ instructor. I'm tightening my inner thigh and holding my breath. If I breathe (like lamaze breathe) my thigh lets go.
To help me sort through it, she tied my stirrups (I was in my CC saddle, not dressage) to the girth. It allowed me to just focus on my breath and the energy flowing down my leg.
I'm digging the process, but I'm a wee concerned it may be counter productive for dressage. After all dressage isn't about keeping your leg dead still on a horse's side like it is in HJ.
Have any of you ever tied your stirrups?
A European dressage trainer tied my stirrups to the saddle for a couple of dressage lessons where we were working on my seat in general. It seemed to help with developing muscle memory for where the legs should be in the resting position.
This is an old remedy for a wobbly leg. I had my stirrups ties back in the early 60's for awhile. It seems to let you realize where your leg should be but honestly, the year I spent on a longe horse was much more beneficial.