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post #1 of 8 Old 11-15-2009, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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I have been doing no stirrups for the past 3 months or so due to tendonitious and patella tracking disorder in both of my knees (partly due to genetics and partly due to riding for 9 years). Yesterday my instructor wanted me to try using stirrups to see if it really helps any to do no stirrups (I found out that it does help--alot). But I'm just curious to know if anyone else has knee issues from riding. I do hunter jumper and I'm also curious if joint issues are more common for riders who do jumping vs riders who do dressage or western or something.
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-16-2009, 02:50 PM
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I have knee problems - I don't think from just riding. I think more of playing basketball, running and when I used to compete in barrel racing on a short horse I would sometimes hit my knees on the edge of the barrel. (A couple of times REALLY badly!) I was also kicked in the knee by my horse. It does affect my riding, though. I often have to ride without stirrups, or at least take my feet out and stretch a lot. When they are really bad I have a hard time posting and using my left leg for cueing. Which makes it difficult to have a straight horse! However, the more often I ride, the less problems I seem to have.

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-16-2009, 03:51 PM
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Are you able to ride with some sort of knee support? I'm sorry not to be of any help.
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-17-2009, 09:33 PM
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I have a bad knee from a previous injury. Riding in a shorter stirrup does aggravate it a lot, so I only ride in my jumping saddle a few times a week. The rest of the time I use my dressage saddle which involves a much staighter leg.
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-18-2009, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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TimeChaser- It's the opposite for me, the more I ride, the worse it is.

Cougar- I have knee braces for both my knees, helps but not a ton.

MyBoyPunk- When I was using stirrups (like back before summer) I would have to lengthen my stirrups for flat work because I couldn't handle the short stirrups very long.
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-18-2009, 10:13 PM
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Flexible stirrups are a godsend. i have major ankle problems and I got a pair.. if I hadn't, I wouldn't be able to ride.
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-19-2009, 02:34 AM
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I don't have a knee problem, but I find that my knees hurt if my stirrups aren't the right length. It ends up changing the way I ride somehow if it's even a hole off. Especially in my western saddle.

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post #8 of 8 Old 11-21-2009, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Flexible stirrups are a godsend. i have major ankle problems and I got a pair.. if I hadn't, I wouldn't be able to ride.
Herm Sprenger Bow Balance Stirrup Irons - Dover Saddlery.
^Herm Sprenger's

Intec UMS 6-Way Stirrup Irons - Dover Saddlery.
More affordable intecs.

Royal Rider of Italy Flexible Stirrup Irons - Dover Saddlery.
^love these!

I have flexible stirrups, even with those my knees can't handle the stress. :( but thanks for the suggestion!
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