After a long ride, I find my knees getting sore by the end of the ride. I have tried wearing a neoprene knee brace, but it does not seem to help. I am going to try lowering my stirrups today, but not sure if that will help. Does anyone else deal with knee pain on the ride? After I get off, my knees are fine. I usually start to feel it an hour into the trail.
Maybe your stirrup bars are too far back/forward. If they are, they can be throwing you off. A saddle maker can help you if they are too far back/forward. It could be from posting if you aren't doing it with the proper muscles/part of your body.
I used to have severe knee pain during and after a long trail ride. It was a combination of things. I had a saddle that the stirrup placement was too far back, my stirrups were too short and I needed to twist the stirrup leather. If your saddle is leather take a broom handle and place it through your stirrups to twist them into position then wet the leather and let it dry that way. When you put your saddle up put the broom handle back through the stirrups every time to help hold them in that twisted position. After awhile they will stay that way and it will cut down on the amount of pressure you will have on your knees. The length of your stirrup should be at your ankle with your legs hanging down.
I had an Abetta saddle that I tried everything with and never could get the knee pain to go away. Some saddles have the position of the stirrups in a bad place.
OK, I do NOT grip with my knees. I have been riding 29 years( since I was 10). I know how to ride. The saddle is fine. The stirrups, once again, are ENGLISH, so I do not need a Broomhandle. Thanks anyway.