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  • I have really bad knee pain during and after every time i horse ride
  • Preventing knee pain while horse riding

 
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    01-09-2011, 09:00 PM
  #11
Trained
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    01-09-2011, 09:03 PM
  #12
Weanling
Mis-diagnosed MCL tear here too, I started walking with a swing to avoid bending my knee. And I agree and second everything everyone has said so far, but want to add, walk after you ride.

If I ride and go plop down after I get home, my knee gets very angry. So I get off and hand walk the horse for a cool down if I had a longer/harder ride, walking for un-tacking and feeding wasn't ever enough to loosen and cool down my knee and leg muscles.

I do love those exercises though. Work great to build up proper muscle. I used a knee brace for a while during rides and it helped a bit if I knew it was going to be a long ride.
     
    01-09-2011, 09:08 PM
  #13
Trained
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Originally Posted by DieselPony    
Mis-diagnosed MCL tear here too, I started walking with a swing to avoid bending my knee. And I agree and second everything everyone has said so far, but want to add, walk after you ride.

If I ride and go plop down after I get home, my knee gets very angry. So I get off and hand walk the horse for a cool down if I had a longer/harder ride, walking for un-tacking and feeding wasn't ever enough to loosen and cool down my knee and leg muscles.

I do love those exercises though. Work great to build up proper muscle. I used a knee brace for a while during rides and it helped a bit if I knew it was going to be a long ride.
I stopped doing those exercises and started walking with my hip again. I basically have a permanent limp that I can't do much about. Especially in the winter when it gets cold...instant flare up. And ibuprofen bothers my stomach too much to take it, so no anti-inflammatories for me..

I would suggest a brace too. It may help. I've tried it and sometimes it works, but my legs are super tiny and the braces are adjustable, but to get them to work I would tighten them too much and cut off circulation, which causes a great deal more pain.
     
    01-09-2011, 09:28 PM
  #14
Foal
Stretching out the knee before and after you ride is key. I have a bad ankle and knee issue every time I ride- but it isn't as bad when I work it out. Good Luck! Hope the pain gets better.
     
    01-10-2011, 01:25 AM
  #15
QOS
Green Broke
I have rode with Crooked Stirrups when I ride Western. They help tremendously. I generally ride in an Aussie saddle with English type stirrups. I tried my cousins super soft Circle Y a few weeks ago. Even though the leather is super soft it was causing way too much torque in my knee so I got off and changed to my Crooked Stirrups. Wow. What a difference. I rode for 3 hours and my knees were getting sore but went away when I dismounted.

I am about to order an Allegheny Plantation Saddle. The western look combined with the English stirrups works for me!
     
    01-10-2011, 01:51 AM
  #16
Banned
I love my stirrup swivels. I had my stirrups turned and it helped but when I added the swivels, it make it a bunch better. I also kick my feet loose several times during a long trail ride and allow my leg to stretch down.
     
    01-10-2011, 01:54 AM
  #17
Trained
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Originally Posted by corinowalk    
I love my stirrup swivels. I had my stirrups turned and it helped but when I added the swivels, it make it a bunch better. I also kick my feet loose several times during a long trail ride and allow my leg to stretch down.
I do that all the time. I think I should look into these stirrup swivels.. I've seen them before.
     
    01-10-2011, 02:59 AM
  #18
Started
As more of a pain management measure, don't forget to ice it for 20 minutes 1-2 times a day depending on the amount of discomfort. It can really help.

Also, depending on the cause of your pain you can look into this Back on Track stuff. People have varying opinions on how well it works. I use one of the adjustable knee braces and like it because it gives a bit of support without hindering movement much, and it's pretty much invisible under clothes. Plus, I do think it sort of soothes my aches and twinges. Finally, it wasn't that expensive so I was willing to take a chance on it to see whether it could save me from some pain. >> Back on Track pain relief products horse saddle pads, equine products, blankets, leg wraps, boots, fir healing for pain relief

Honestly, the best thing for MY knee is to keep moving, but this can be different from person to person. Over the holidays I was on vacation visiting family and wasn't running around all over the place like I usually do... and what do you know, my knee starts flaring up and being grumpy. Since getting back into my active routine, it seems to be settling down again.
     
    01-10-2011, 04:40 PM
  #19
Trained
If you're just walking along, kick that foot out of it's stirrup and give the knee a rest. That helped a lot for me.
     
    01-12-2011, 12:26 AM
  #20
Green Broke
I personally don't have knee pain when riding Western, but my mother does. She takes glucosamine daily and that works for her knee pain most of the time. She immediately can tell when she's forgotten to take her glucosamine or when she runs out because her knees start to hurt when she rides!

So I don't know what the cause of your knee pain is, but supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin might help you.

On very long rides, it also helps her to get out of the saddle and walk for a bit ... or switch horses/saddles when riding with me just to get into a different position for a while and then switch back.
     

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