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post #11 of 14 Old 10-24-2013, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by tim62988 View Post
just throwing a thought around since I tend to have sore knees too:

you said you make sure you aren't putting any pressure in the stirrups, does this mean you have been prone to pressing down with your feet in the past?

the reason I ask is I have to be conscientious of myself when riding as I will find myself locking my knees or pressing my legs down, even after I made not of it part way through the summer I catch myself doing it a few times a ride

so IF you are/were prone to riding defensively you might still be doing it and just not catching yourself when you arn't thinking about it

Yes I am very bad about it...usually more so at the beginning of the season, my mare slurpee is a little green yet so sometimes instead of nicely stepping over the log we jump half way through or jump over the stream instead of walk...we always go back over and over making sure u do it nicely but I still get alittle tense :(...the mare I was on this weekend is bran new to me so I could of been and not realized...(my girl is nursing a hoof injury and is not ride able on steep rough country until next summer at the soonest )

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post #12 of 14 Old 10-25-2013, 09:18 PM
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One thing that will cause this is a saddle in which the stirrups are not hung correctly for that rider. I can ride one saddle and feel it pretty much, out of the saddles at the barn used for training. The others, all the same brand and style do not hurt, but the Bob Marshall is just not built right for me.

And have noticed it is the one always left on rack too, when all the others are pulled off. Out of 10 or more? That says trainers don't like it either.

Could also be your stirrups are not adjusted right, that you are not over your pelvis, or that you are "riding the saddle, not the horse".

Video? Picture of you mounted would help give a better idea.

Jeans may also be too tight, boots could be doing this? And you could need chiro for yourself too.
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post #13 of 14 Old 10-30-2013, 02:17 PM
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My knees hurt after a trail ride also. Then I had a wonderful woman loan me her saddle. It was a Henry Miller saddle. It looked like a cross between a western/Australian saddle. We (hubby and I) bought two right away!! The stirrups were English leathers. Changing from the western hung stirrups to these English leathers was amazing..

Other than changing saddles I would suggest getting "stirrup turners" they are a metal piece you put between your stirrup and the leather on the saddle. it does what that pole in the stirrups does but does it better. Look in a good tack catalog for "stirrup turners" it really helped with my western saddle but my old age made my knees hurt even with them. good luck.. nothing worse than hurting knees after a ride!!

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post #14 of 14 Old 10-30-2013, 04:25 PM
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one thing about stirup turners.... if you have a synthetic saddle they could be messing you up worse

i know a woman that just purchased an abetta and saleslady sold her turners too, big mistake

I will say if you are prone to putting pressure into your stirups look into some of the ones with padding just to help you a little bit
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