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post #21 of 30 Old 01-18-2011, 10:43 AM
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I rode western, used a stirrup straightner, padded bottom of stirup and had it let out as long as I could. My right knee STILL hurt after a ride, especially if there was a lot of downhill riding.

Then almost by accident I borrowed a saddle, it was a Amish made trail saddle (Henry Miller saddle)that had English stirrup leathers with the padded trail stirrups, my knees don't hurt at all now! I assume it was the English stirrup leathers that made the most difference.

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post #22 of 30 Old 01-20-2011, 01:04 PM
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I didn't read all of these posts, but I have knee problems. I have patella femoral syndrome in both knees from sports and so when I ride my knees can get really sore, especially on a rounder horse or in some wider western saddles.

One thing I found that works amazingly well for knee pain (i haven't had any pain since the summer when I started taking it) is Magnesium pills. Magnesium is great for joint strength and i have had amazing results with it as well as another lady at the barn who had knee problems has gotten rid of her pain as well.
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Thank you EVERYONE for all the great advise!!!
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post #24 of 30 Old 01-24-2011, 12:48 PM
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saddle changes

One of the things I've found over the years is that knee pain or back pain can be lessend or completely done away with by changes in the stirrups and straps.
A balanced ride stirrup for western saddles is one of my biggest sellers for those experiencing knee or back pain. It offers a stirrup swing with less resistance and more flexability.
As recommended in other posts, changing the stirrup angle or the twist will also help by offering less resistance to the sides of the knees. This can be done by "training the leather" which can take time, or by using a "twist" which is faster and more permanent. Aftermarket adapters are available from Weaver leather that make stirrup twisting easy.
I cannot agree with a longer stirrup, unless your stirrup straps are too short to begin with. This can cause a number of other problems including the way you sit and ride in your saddle which can effect your horse.
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post #25 of 30 Old 01-24-2011, 01:24 PM
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Sweet. Glad I decided to read this thread. lol Some of this might help.

I have bad joints genetically. XD So most joints in my body pretty much hurt 100% of the time. I also fractured my tail bone twice and injured my lower back after I fell off a bike when I was younger... I've ALWAYS had bad knees. Even as a little kid, at about 5 years old. They said it was all growing pains, but just recently they thought it was an autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis... but now they say I just have 'loose' or 'floppy' joints... who knew it could hurt so bad!!! I really need to work on building muscle to help support my joints and I thought riding would help. But of course I need to prepare myself for even riding. lol

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post #26 of 30 Old 01-28-2011, 02:40 PM
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If you ride western TURN YOUR STIRRUPS!!! :) All the years I suffered knee pain (injured knee made worse by surgery) I rode in saddles with twisty stirrups. Ouch! A year ago I ended up with a great saddle and when my first, second and third ride in it left me with NO knee pain I figured out it was because the stirrups had been properly turned and sat perfectly without twisting my knees! I'm actually turning the stirrups on another saddle today!
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post #27 of 30 Old 01-28-2011, 02:46 PM
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Azaria, you can by "stirrup straight" it is a metal piece that turns the stirrups for you and they STAY turned!! well worth the $$$.

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post #28 of 30 Old 01-28-2011, 04:25 PM
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When I was 11 I jumped down the stairs at school and broke the growth plate in my right ankle. I was put in a boot for a while and it healed, though both of my ankles have always been very weak. When I was about 19-20 I started having severe knee pain and after a few years of dealing with it(I know, I shouldn't have waited) I went to the doctor and found out that presumably when I broke my ankle it chipped a piece of bone off of my thigh bone and it had floated around under my knee cap long enough to do some serious damage. The tendon that goes straight over my knee cap is also under an enormous amount of tension(born that way) which causes my knee caps to track in a very odd way. I finally had surgery, they cleaned out the bone fragments and released the tension on one of my knee caps, and 3 months later I started riding. I could only manage it with a brace in the beginning, but gradually it got stronger and now it's about 90% of what it once was. I still have pretty bad pain if I ride for long periods of time, but stretching and kicking my feet out of the stirrups throughout the ride give me a lot of relief. I find that it's worse when I ride Western.

The BEST thing I have ever found is my cryo cuff. I got it after the surgery and it does wonders. It looks like a brace, but it hooks up to a little cooler you fill with ice and water and the water fills the brace. You wouldn't believe the difference it made in swelling right after surgery. I highly recommend it!
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post #29 of 30 Old 01-30-2011, 03:46 AM
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I don't have any knee injuries but I do have knee pain when I ride. I asked my trainer to watch me and I am not doing anything funky but I get sore and I click and grind after riding.
I thought it was just me, but since I have been a member of this forum, there have been quite a few threads about knee pain.

Many people swear by jointed stirrups, and I had hoped for some from the Hub for Xmas, but I guess I didn't hint loud enough! :)

I am by far too lazy to try the exercises, so if anyone else does, let me know how they work as if they are a miracle I will give them a go.
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post #30 of 30 Old 01-30-2011, 12:43 PM
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I've had knee pain for years, when i was 12 i asked my doctor about it and he said it was growing pains, now at 25, i still have knee pain, i have a tendency to force my heels down when i ride, and i notice that if i do not force them down my knees don't hurt as bad after i ride, i don't know what causes my knee pain, i haven't asked the dr about it since i was 12 lol
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