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  • Is riding hard on your knees
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    10-26-2010, 10:02 AM
  #11
Weanling
Mbender, yea english can be hard on your knees, especially if your jumping. Your legs are your shock absorbers. I often drop my irons when they're really bad too. But that's not an option in the show pen.
     
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    10-26-2010, 10:10 AM
  #12
Showing
Have you considered using jointed stirrups?

English riding, jumping especially, is hard on one's joints.

I've found that I can ride for a much longer time using jointed stirrups. I can barely make it past 1/2 hour with regular hard irons anymore.
     
    10-26-2010, 10:18 AM
  #13
Weanling
My knees used to hurt when I would ride, especially when I was first learning to post and was accidentally putting a lot of pressure in the stirrups.
Recently I have started riding mostly bareback or at least stirrup-less and have had no leg pain at all.
I am begining to suspect stirrups as the culprit! Maybe you could try dropping the stirrups whenever your knee begins to hurt and just finishing your ride without them.
     
    10-26-2010, 01:18 PM
  #14
Banned
My knees are the same way, but I don't notice it until after I am done riding. Then they will pop and grind and just be generally sore and weak feeling.
I asked my trainer to watch me to see if I am doing anything funky when I ride, which she says I am not.

I really should go and get checked out, but I hate taking care of myself, and I am not a fan of going to the Drs.
     
    10-26-2010, 02:45 PM
  #15
Yearling
My right knee would hurt when I rode Rosie. Then it started hurting from the hip down. I even got rid of a saddle that I had wanted and finally saved up for, for years. Ended up with a saddle that was used with more padding. I rode her a little this past weekend. When we got back (in pain by this time) and I unsaddled her, I had DH hold her standing square. When I looked at her square on from the front, I realized that her right side sticks out farther than her left. I'm assuming it's from so many years of being a brood mare. So, I'm now on the look out for one of those saddle pads that can be adjusted by adding panels.
     
    10-26-2010, 03:10 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I have this too except it my right knee...it hurts A LOT..everyday for me.
I did hurt in in 6th grade while running the mile. There was a dip in the ground I didn't see and well I ended up twisting my knee a small bit and also I am kinda hard on my body and need to stop
     
    10-27-2010, 01:25 AM
  #17
Weanling
Glad to know I am not the only one with this mystery problem. A lot of your problems with your knees (everyone in the thread :]) seem similar to mine except that my knee hurts the most while riding when I stretch it straight.

For example after jumping and riding for a while I can feel a slight irritation in my ankle and knee on my left side, but if I try taking my feet out of the irons and just letting my legs hang the pain in my left knee increases. It is the same for when it hurts at work. After standing for a long time and working it starts to hurt but same as in the saddle if I keep it bent it is merely irritating pain but when I straighten it to walk it hurts worse and I end up looking like I have a limp to take pressure off of it again.

That is what makes me wonder if maybe the fluid in my knee isn't funtioning right, maybe my joint is rubbing my knee cap when I straighten my leg? Gah I dunno lol. If it gets more prevelant I will get it checked out, for now I will survive lol.
     
    10-27-2010, 11:30 AM
  #18
Foal
I also get this problem, I have a fairly intense pain in one of my knees when riding. It's worse if I'm jumping/XC probably due to the shorter stirrups.
I suppose you could do some kind of gentle stretching excersies, loosening up your knee joint before you get on. It might help to do a bit of no stirrup work during the ride just to loosen off your knee as well, it's probably due to it stiffening up.
You could try wearing a tubeygrip [a stretchy bandage type thing] over your knee to help support it.
     
    10-27-2010, 12:48 PM
  #19
Yearling
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Originally Posted by NordicJuniper    
That is what makes me wonder if maybe the fluid in my knee isn't funtioning right, maybe my joint is rubbing my knee cap when I straighten my leg? Gah I dunno lol. If it gets more prevelant I will get it checked out, for now I will survive lol.

How long have you been riding?

I have a condition called patellofemoral syndrome where basically my knee caps (both knees have the problem) rub against my femur because they're moving more at an angle as opposed to straight up and down, and it's been aggravated by riding a lot. Usually you don't get pain until you finish growing and everything is "set" but I started getting pain in my knees when I was about 12. It got to the point where both knees would just swell up. There would be no inflammation, just some swelling and it would hurt to walk/run/ride.

One of the best things I've found is to do a TON of exercises to build up your quadriceps (the front of your thigh) because it will help with the elasticity and movement of your kneecaps, regardless of whether or not you've got a lack of fluid. I also occasionally wear a knee brace (you can buy one for like $30 at wal mart) on my right knee, which is generally worse than my left. I also never felt pain until I stretched out my leg, so it could be possible that you have the same issue I do. :)
     
    10-28-2010, 01:15 AM
  #20
Green Broke
I just wanted to add that my mom has issues with her knees hurting as well, although hers are probably due to the fact that she is getting up in age. We both ride Western, although I have been venturing into the English riding for the past 3 years while I am going to grad school (which is not close to home).

Anyway, my mom swears by GLUCOSAMINE and CHONDROITIN supplements. She takes them every single day and she notices when she forgets to take them, because her knees start hurting especially when she rides. But if she takes it, no knee pain!

Glucosamine and chondroitin are two of the things that make up the cartilage in your joints that does slowly degrade with age. Taking the supplements is thought to increase production of cartilage.

So even though you are only 18, it would still be worth a shot to try the supplements. They certainly aren't going to hurt you in any way if you don't actually need them (it's actually been shown to be protective), but who knows, it might help with the pain. You can get them anywhere you can buy multivitamins. There's a few different formulas; my mom usually buys all 3 formulas and just rotates through them (takes 1 kind one day, the next kind the next day, etc).

I do agree that it would be best to see a doctor for the knee pain, but I understand completely. If I am not dying or a limb doesn't need to be cut off, I usually don't see the doctor either. I just put up with whatever it is. (Which really is strange coming from my mouth because I am in optometry school right now to become an eye doctor.) My excuse is I have no money to see the doctor because I am a poor grad student where nothing but sleep and Vitamin C can cure!
     

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