I havent been trail riding long, but it seems everytime I do, my right knee really hurts after a few miles. And my right foot. Tends to go asleep. Its always my right side, never my left. And as soon as I get outa the saddle and walk around a bit the pain goes away.
Not all rides bother me. Last wk I went 20 miles with very little pain, whereas some of the shorter 5 mile rides it really bothers me. Its not consistant either.
Could be your saddle isn't fitting right, the stirrups may be too short, or they may be hanging "off" enough that you are going numb and hurting. Could also be, if riding western, that the stirrups need to be turned more?
Could also be the boot or shoe on your right foot is too small, or binding you and causing trouble, could also be the seam in your pants, fabric twisted when sewn, or your underwear even. All of those can, if out of whack cause the problems you are having.
Are you sure your stirrups are hanging evenly, don't just count the holes, stand in front of your horse and eyeball them to see how they hang. It is not uncommon for stirrups to be very uneven, due to the leather stretching more on one side than the other.
Make sure too, that your saddle is not turning some under you, getting off balance, which would make you put more force against your leg/hip/foot to keep yourself feeling even.
And sadly? Depending on the saddle maker, I've seen some saddles that are made unevenly too.
Try bigger boots, looser pants, checking stirrup length, and such.
Thanks. I've worn two different types of boots. Diffferent types and pairs of jeans and underwear of course. But I think your on to something, I definitely feel like im supporting my weight more on the right side.
In fact on a couple of occasions I've lost my left stirrup when things got wild. But never my right. Even though the stirrups are same length. The "leathers" are nylon. Its a syn. Endurance saddle. I don't feel like or looks like the saddle is crooked, other than the right stirrup "side". Its a very comfortable saddle. But i'll examine things more closely next time. Thanks for the input.