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    09-03-2012, 01:06 PM
  #1
Weanling
Knee pain really affecting my ability to ride my horse.

Hi,

I made a post months back about having really painful knees while riding, I ride on trail in a dressage saddle and my horse is fairly wide, I however am very petite.

Over the past few months i've tried loads of different things, i've changed stirrups to the jointed kind, I wear knee braces and I try really hard to stretch my legs while riding.

I got back from a ride, roughly 2 hours, on Thursday and both my knees were very swollen. I've been resting and icing them but even a small amount of exercise like walking makes them hurt. My riding buddy was really disappointed I wasn't riding this weekend.

I'm going to see my chiropractor tomorrow morning to fix my back after my horse bucked on Wednesday and i'm going to ask him to take a look at my knees.

Does anyone have any experience with injuries received while in the saddle under normal riding conditions? I could understand if i'd fallen and banged something but it's been a while since my last fall. The pain started behind my knee caps and now I get pain in both my kneecaps, down the inside of both knees and down the outside of both knees, so it's an all encompassing sort of pain.
     
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    09-03-2012, 02:18 PM
  #2
Green Broke
You've already done a lot of things to help w/this problem. Asking a professional is now the next step-hope you find an answer & it's an easy fix.
     
    09-03-2012, 02:30 PM
  #3
QOS
Green Broke
I have a cranky knee myself. Finally had surgery last year and while I am not crippled like last year and my foot isn't turning in any longer, it can still be cranky.

Take Osteo Bi-Flex. Honestly, I thought it was bunk. A friend got tired of my pissing and moaning that my leg hurt and brought me some. OMG it worked within hours - she had said to give it 2 weeks.

I was riding in an Aussie saddle that had the stirrups like English stirrups. I now have an endurance saddle with turned leathers and it doesn't bother my knee. Hope it gets better.

Also, have your knees looked at by an ortho doctor. I had actually hurt my knee years ago and it has always had issues. I did ice it on a regular basis, wore a brace...blah blah blah. Nothing helped like the surgery and Osteo which I started taking about 3 months before the surgery.
     
    09-03-2012, 02:41 PM
  #4
Showing
I am wondering if staddling the horse is a bit of a stretch for you with your petite stature. Children tossed on big horses often have this complaint.
     
    09-03-2012, 03:21 PM
  #5
Super Moderator
I wonder if a western saddle might help. Also, get down every half hour and walk 5 minutes. This will help a LOT>
     
    09-03-2012, 03:39 PM
  #6
Super Moderator
A different saddle might be a huge help - I somehow don't see a dressage saddle as having the support for trail riding and I find getting off to walk at intervals really helps my knees
     
    09-03-2012, 03:47 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
You've already done a lot of things to help w/this problem. Asking a professional is now the next step-hope you find an answer & it's an easy fix.
Yeah, that's what I thought and since I was already going to the chiropractor I thought i'd ask him first. Then I can go find an ortho dr if he has no answers.

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Originally Posted by QOS    
I have a cranky knee myself. Finally had surgery last year and while I am not crippled like last year and my foot isn't turning in any longer, it can still be cranky.

Take Osteo Bi-Flex. Honestly, I thought it was bunk. A friend got tired of my pissing and moaning that my leg hurt and brought me some. OMG it worked within hours - she had said to give it 2 weeks.

I was riding in an Aussie saddle that had the stirrups like English stirrups. I now have an endurance saddle with turned leathers and it doesn't bother my knee. Hope it gets better.

Also, have your knees looked at by an ortho doctor. I had actually hurt my knee years ago and it has always had issues. I did ice it on a regular basis, wore a brace...blah blah blah. Nothing helped like the surgery and Osteo which I started taking about 3 months before the surgery.
I'm definitely going to get them looked at, I can't even kneel without them protesting, it's getting a bit annoying now. I'll also look into the osteo bi-flex.

I don't think I can remember actually ever injuring my knee, this feels like something that's come on gradually. Yes, my one riding friend is sick and tired of me complaining too, I mostly only complain after we've ridden as i'm limping into the barn.

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
I am wondering if staddling the horse is a bit of a stretch for you with your petite stature. Children tossed on big horses often have this complaint.
It most likely is, most kids are bigger than me it would seem. I'm 5ft, my horse is 16.1hh and on the wide side. What I really need is a good slim pony.

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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I wonder if a western saddle might help. Also, get down every half hour and walk 5 minutes. This will help a LOT>
I tried that, I rode my friends horse in her western saddle and i've ridden others in their western saddles too. It honestly didn't make much difference; now the damage might have already been done by that point so changing the saddle won't have helped.

I'll see what my chiropractor says and then maybe go see an ortho dr. I'd hate to miss out on the last few months of riding before winter comes along and I come up against the issue of raynauds and wanting to chew my own hands off to stop them hurting.
     
    09-03-2012, 03:49 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by jaydee    
A different saddle might be a huge help - I somehow don't see a dressage saddle as having the support for trail riding and I find getting off to walk at intervals really helps my knees
Well I did just buy a new saddle unfortunately so if I do decide to do trail and dressage I might have to look into a different saddle for on trail.

I would totally get off and walk but I can't get on my massive horse from the ground :/ esp. Since my knees are so wobbly right now, I might not have the strength to haul myself back up.
     
    09-03-2012, 05:32 PM
  #9
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Originally Posted by phoenix    
Well I did just buy a new saddle unfortunately so if I do decide to do trail and dressage I might have to look into a different saddle for on trail.

I would totally get off and walk but I can't get on my massive horse from the ground :/ esp. Since my knees are so wobbly right now, I might not have the strength to haul myself back up.
Its why I made sure I bought a small enough horse this time - I can haul myself on her without having to search out a log or high ground I can stand on !!!!
Mind you when I get off to walk I look like 'the missing link' between apes and man for a while till the knees loosen up
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    09-03-2012, 05:40 PM
  #10
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I also have knee pain while riding, I find that if sometimes, especially on the trail, I really brace my feet into the stirrups, that puts a lot of excess strain on my knees and when I get off I can't even walk. It seems I do it more when I'm nervous.
     

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