Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Taranaki New Zealand.
hey MM I have a similar problem, though only with one knee and I have found that the position of my ankle dictates how much my knee hurts. The guys are right about getting that stirrup twisted to ease the pressure off your leg. I have also discovered that if I wear boots that restrict my ankle movement it really effects my knee in a painful way. Nice flexible boots help.
I do wonder about this riding bareback thing. I personnally rode bare back from the age of 6 through to 15, simply because I had no saddle. At 15 I got given my first saddle and I never looked back. In some ways it feels like there is more skill in riding in a saddle. I also have a friend who is a saddle fitter and she is very discouraging of bareback simply because it does put more pressure on one point of the horses back rather than distributing the weight evenly down the spine, which of course is what the bars of the saddle are for.
I don't think that riding bareback is an indication of how good you are as a horseman. I rode for hours bare back, anywhere and everywhere, trotted galloped and jumped my pony and first horse bareback. I had legs that could crush coconuts LOL. I had to LEARN how to ride in a saddle whereas bareback was easy. I guess it is all relative to how your riding education develops.
By the way Riosdad I never had any assistance from an adult any time during my riding youth, when I was six I started catching the pony on my parents farm and riding it, bareback with an old bridle held together with baling twine. That pony beat the crap out of me for six years but with the help of no one I persisted. I got my first horse brush when I was thirteen, I was so proud of it and still have it to this day.