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post #1 of 21 Old 08-30-2013, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Knees Hurt!

As I've been riding more and longer in the past few months, I've noticed that after I get home after a ride my knees feel pretty sore. I only ride walk/trot for about 45 minutes maybe three days a week, but I do plenty of posting and practice two-point. I have a family history of bad knees (and sometimes my knees will bother me for no reason) and I don't want that to interfere with my riding future (I'm only 16). I don't feel like my knees are getting stronger as I ride, which I had hoped. Instead I feel like they're being worn down.
Is there any low-impact exercise that I can do to strengthen them? I like to swim but as winter approaches, I won't have that much longer.

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post #2 of 21 Old 08-30-2013, 01:29 PM
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Your not the only one with the same problem. My family is the same way with bad knees, joints...etc. I have knee supports now, you know the slip on ones. They help a lot. They give extra support to places that need it. I am 22 and rode english for a short time, and even with support I could not post a long time. It made me to sore. I only ride english now when I need to.
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post #3 of 21 Old 08-30-2013, 01:50 PM
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Knees can't get stronger from exercise because its a joint. You have to make all the muscles around your knees stronger and also work on your form to not stress your knees. You want to be sure that you're not pinching the saddle with your knees as well.

Here's some exercises that may help: 11 Exercises that Help Decrease Knee Pain | SparkPeople
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post #4 of 21 Old 09-02-2013, 01:09 AM
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My knees tend to hurt when I'm really anchoring my heels down for a long period of time. For example, they won't really get sore after a typical jump lesson, but when I trail ride for 2-3 hours they HURT.
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post #5 of 21 Old 09-02-2013, 01:23 AM
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It's not weak knees.. it's strain on knees.

Something.. either your stirrup length/placement, your saddle, your boots.. something is causing them to be strained more so than usual.

I know when I changed my boots my knee pain went away.

You need to stretch before and after you ride. Working intensely on "strengthening your knees" will only wear them out more.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #6 of 21 Old 09-02-2013, 02:56 AM
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^^^ Agree with Sky.

Do you do any work without stirrups? Years ago I had trouble with my knees. I spent a lot of time riding (even posting) without stirrups, just because it felt more comfortable. I found that when I returned to the stirrups, I needed to lengthen them - I had been riding too short.

Of course, now my knees ache because I'm old !
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post #7 of 21 Old 09-07-2013, 10:41 AM
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Unfortunately this is a cause from something so simple that it's

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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?

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bsms, what does Chimpanzee taste like?
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post #10 of 21 Old 09-07-2013, 02:22 PM
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Probably chicken.
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