HC, besides using the flexible stirrups, I find that the thing that helps most is dismounting onto the mountibg block. Dismounting straight on the ground is not a good option for me, and last time I did, I, uh, screamed a little bit.
DH built me a very tall mounting block with steps out of several sections of tree stumps, and it is a life saver.
Hey, what are those compression thingies called and where can I get one? I am supposed to wear a knee brace when I ride and usually don't, because it's big and clunky and a pain to put on.