Along with my poor eyesight (see other thread) I have a problem with my right knee. The cartilage behind my kneecap is starting to soften and wear away. Physiotherapy is the only treatment option which I've done. When I first starting riding it hurt to have my knee bent with stirrups so I ditched them until my knee was stronger. I still have a problem with not putting enough weight in the right stirrup but that's something I'm working on.
One day I would really, really love to jump. I'm concerned hiking up my stirrups a few holes will hurt like hell but I think it'll help build up muscle and straighten everything up (apparently soft cartilage is caused by lack of muscle and crooked kneecap or something - walking with a limp for years and not putting weight on my knee was a bad decision). My biggest worry is going into the two-point position and having all my weight in the stirrup and my knee taking a battering and a half. I adore riding without stirrups because it doesn't hurt at all.
Is it possible to jump without stirrups? Or is it a death trap, particularly for an inexperienced rider? Naturally it'll only be baby fences and I'll have to learn to jump properly with stirrups first. Or do you eventually learn to not rely on your stirrups so much? Painkillers works wonders on my gammy knee so I'm not too concerned with the two-point crippling me after every ride.
Thanks for any advice