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.
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.
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.
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.