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post #11 of 18 Old 07-30-2008, 01:53 PM
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You need to go see your doctor!!!

My mom is 50 and after years of not going to the doctor because she didn't want to, she finally went and found out she had severe degenerative joint disease AND arthritis in her knees. She just got her right knee replaced!

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post #12 of 18 Old 07-30-2008, 05:10 PM
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My oldie parents swear by apple cider vinegar for arthritis. About 30ml (A shot) in a glass then top up with either water or for a better flavour apple juice once a day. Or put the shot in a big jug and top up with juice to consume all day long if the flavour is too strong.

But dropping your stirrups and moving your legs about before you get off, get the blood flow back and your legs moving before you land with all your weight on them. Using a mounting block to get off (my mum does this for the same reason), so she doesn't land hard on her legs. Other physical exercise besides riding, low impact like aqua-aerobics, walking, pilates, yoga or Tai Chi, etc

Hope there is something semi-useful there for you :)
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post #13 of 18 Old 07-31-2008, 02:44 PM
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Stirrup turners are wonderful. You can get them anywhere for $10, sometimes they are called Knee Eaze
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post #14 of 18 Old 07-31-2008, 06:27 PM
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For your question about supliments I have found next leval for humans is really nice. I have join tissues and this helps a tremendous amount!
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post #15 of 18 Old 08-02-2008, 12:43 AM
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Something else you could try is work with PT. Strengthen your knee, improve your posture and help your knee care for itself. Might work some miracles.
I would go see your GP and get an opinion as to what might be going on. If you have a serious injury, supplements won't do it.
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post #16 of 18 Old 08-03-2008, 02:23 PM
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FIrst I also agree see your Dr. What would it hurt to talk to them sooner rather than latter? It is only going to help you.

Lots of people have problems with knee's aching after riding. I have found several things that have helped me.

1. When I ride I don't walk the whole time and I post the trot. This allows my legs to work and not get uncomfortable in one position. You don't have to do it a lot. Just enough to loosen up the muscles.

2. I take my feet out of the stirrups once in a while and stretch them out.

3. I have tried for a year to get my fenders to twist. No mater what I have done they have continued to go back to a straight position. So either turn your fenders or get some swirl stirrups. it made a HUGE difference.

4. Lower your stirrups a notch. This gives you more room to relax.

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post #17 of 18 Old 08-03-2008, 03:44 PM
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See your Dr!! I used to take Vioxx for arthritis and it was a wonder drug for me, until they took it off the market. Celebrex is the same thing only you can't take it if you have sulfa allergies (which I do) so you could get that. One pill a day and after a couple weeks, your joints are so much better!! Even after Vioxx was taken off the market, I had residual comfort, for about a year. Sometimes if you take ibuprofen before you ride, that helps too. What about glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate? Over the counter and is supposed to really help joints.

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It took a while but here are 2 pics of a brand new saddle that I just finished tuning the stirrup leathers on (but I've moved the stirrups from an old saddle that I had - I just love those stirrups for long rides). If you notice the twist in the leathers, it places the stirrups in the right place and you never need to use a broomstick to train them.

I soak the leather in hot water for a few minuets which softens them up enough to twist. The twist caused the Blevins buckles to go into the same holes but on the other side of the leather. That is what causes the stirrups to turn. I then use the hobbles to keep them in that position until the leather dries (usually over night is good). I then use some Lexol to recondition the leather and hobble them again. They are now ready to ride and they stay turned in that position pretty much forever!



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