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    02-20-2014, 09:07 PM
What is the best way to ride for knees ?

Ok so im going to get my knees evaluated by a Doctor soon but I have to organise a health card before I go, and I wont able to get that done right away.
My tendons along the outside of my knee are moving over something (cartlliage bone ect) when I bend my knee im concerned that if I put pressure onto my knees I will end up in really bad condition.

I should have organised my knees to be seen years ago when I first started to get discomfort from them but I didn't. It feels uncomfortable to walk up stairs especially down stairs and im not doing anything that can make my knees worse like running or bending my knees at all.

Although I have been riding I have tried constantly to not grip with my knees at all, and I have no pain from riding I actualy have never gotten knee pain from riding I get pain from walking.

So is it better that I try and do a couple of steps of sitting trot for my knees ? I don't bounce terribly on my horses back, but I don't have a good seat anymore and really need to improve.

I did some 60cm jumping yesterday and had no pain whatsoever, I mean maybe I shouldn't have done so but only jumped a couple of times and really going up the stairs is what I have to do every day for school.

I have constantly been trying to sit in the classical dressage seat, and have been having a straight back most of the time and since than I have no back pain from riding at all.

And yea my knee tendons are inflamed but I can't tell if they are inflamed right now.
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    02-20-2014, 09:49 PM
I'm not sure if this is at all a viable option for you, but when I started riding in my aussie saddle instead of my dressage saddle I've been having MUCH less knee pain. Theres been days my knees hurt so bad I have to crawl up stairs...but the new saddle has been amazing for me. I've been out on like 2-3hr trail ride and not the slightest bit of pain in my knees or ankles even with walk/trot/canter. So maybe see if you can try some different saddles/stirrups?
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    02-20-2014, 10:04 PM
I have a different type of knee problem so take this with a grain of salt. What really helped me was lengthening my stirrups. I haven't tried english yet because I have to have a dressage saddle to keep my knee stable and I don't have one but when I ride western a longer stirrup helps me keep my knee balanced and less achy. Also wrapping it helped a ton as well as splinting it occasionally.
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    02-20-2014, 10:28 PM
My knee was messed up for a few years due to an injury. I found my dressage saddle the most comfortable to ride in due to the longer stirrup and straighter leg angle.
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    02-20-2014, 10:30 PM
Yea down the track ill need to get a more deep seated saddle, and I have been thinking about a second hand stock saddle or dressage saddle that's comfortable for me as I have an all purpose saddle and it isnt the slightest deep seated.

I have not long ago changed to having longer stirrups and so I am currently adjusting to the length and the longer stirrups have definitely helped in not allowing my knees to grip.
    02-25-2014, 02:46 PM
I think you need to experiment with different stirrup heights. The other thing is that you do not need to use knees to ride-or not near as much as you think. In a posting trot, you can practice letting the horse push you up, not your knees ahead of the "up". Post with your thighs as you think that your legs are cut off above the knee. These things will keep you more of a partner with your horse, and really not stress your knees.

Sometimes a deeper saddle or too long a stirrup actually make it harder to post. You can also practice posting or riding without your stirrups.
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    02-25-2014, 06:55 PM
Ive been practising sitting trot and styrup less riding for short burts, ill have to practice letting the horse push me up instead of posting before the up.
    02-25-2014, 07:11 PM
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I also have a different type of knee problem - since I was about 12 - riding longer does help a lot - otherwise I can't avoid my lower leg slipping forward to ease to discomfort I get and then that becomes a habit even when I'm going through a fairly pain free period
You look like quite a well balanced rider Olivia so I'm sure you'll work through it somehow
    02-25-2014, 07:24 PM
I agree, Olivia in her avatar looks like a nice rider.
    02-26-2014, 10:36 PM
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I have to keep my stirrups so long my feet barely have contact with them to keep from having knee pain (I can clear the saddle by just a few inches when I stand up in the saddle). This is so comfortable I can ride all day with no pain and I mean 6+ hours in the saddle. Move my stirrups up just one notch and I can barely walk after only 15 minutes in the saddle.

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