I've been working on riding my horse using only my legs and not the bit and I've noticed that after riding for a couple hours I feel a sharp pain in the back of my knees and makes it painful to walk. The pain starts about a couple hours after riding but doesn't occur all the time. I figured that maybe since I am using more of my legs I am just using muscles that I don't normally use. Also when I have been out riding for about five hours I begin to feel pain in my knee which I just figure is just from being in the saddle for five hours straight. It was suggested to me to use swivel stirrups to help relieve the pain and I was wondering if anybody has used swivel stirrups before and what is your opinion on them? Thanks for all your help!
I have a pair of the sprung-loaded type. They're great for knees and ankles but personally I wouldn't jump in them - the horse has this thing about putting in an occasional huge leap over a scary filler and the springs don't help me stay in the saddle :)