Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
You don't need to eat "Chimpanzee ---" to protect your knees. I'm 55, have lived on pizza, hamburger, coffee and Diet Coke, and my knees are fine. And I took up jogging in 1972...
Do your knees hurt when you sit in a chair for an hour, reading a good book? If not, then something you are doing in riding is putting more stress on your knees. You need to look at how you ride, and see what you are doing to put stress on your knees. Do you press hard into the stirrups? Do you push with your leg to shove your heel down? Where is your leg around the horse? Where are your toes? If I tried to ride with toes straight ahead, I'd be crippled in 20 minutes. My knees wouldn't handle the rotational stress. So I ride with toes 30-50 deg out - more with my left leg because my left foot always points out more, even just standing in the shower. Do you grip with your knee?
Can you post a picture of your riding?
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."