Horse riding knee braces are a must if you have knee problems. But even without any issues, it braces are a good idea and act as protective gear. The brace helps to maintain your joint. It also helps in influence transfer i.e., some of the weight will be given through your brace plates, which allows your joint as it has to take a secondary weight load.
Horse Riding Knee Braces
You should wear the brace when you need more confidence, or your ligaments are damaged. Even in general, it helps by taking joint load so that few of your bodyweight gets shifted through brace so joint has lesser compressive force during weight pivot.
Individuals with degenerative meniscal tears may have an exacerbation of pain once or twice a year and usually benefit from a meniscus knee brace that provides sufficient support and protection.
Acute tears present with different shapes and patterns, which will determine how much pain and difficulty a person will experience with everyday activity and sports. Patients often complain of catching, locking, and buckling of the knee with activity. These individuals will often need surgery to remove or fix the type of tear to return to a more active lifestyle again.
If you have Western fenders on your saddle, you could swap them out for English stirrup leathers and irons since they twist easier and reduce the pressure on your knees. You could also add some ductile metals, which will help as well. Herm Sprenger also makes a flexible offset stirrup that I have found to be exceptionally helpful with knee pain. They are called the 4-F Bow Balance, new they go for a little over $200.00 but are well worth the price.
If you are riding your horse so that he is soft, supple, and willingly obedient, then everyone’s eyes will be on him. The goal of a successful test is for the rider to fade into the background and let the horse’s movements shine. I have had several students that wore back or knee braces, and it never seemed to affect their scores. Focus on giving your horse the best ride you are capable of and let him be the star.
Other Things To Keep In Mind
One other thing to think about is how wide the twist of your saddle is, too wide, and you could also put extra stress on your knees. Even if you have an extensive horse, riding something a little narrower might help.
There is no single “best” brace. Most patella tracking problems are because of the patella tracks on the lateral (outside) part of the knee. The brace should push the patella medially (to the inside). Many braces are simple donuts with a hole in the middle. They can slow down a patella from moving around a bit, but do not fix malt racking. See someone who can accurately assess your particular tracking problem and prescribe the proper brace to correct that problem.
If you are not in pain but feel a weakness in your knees, that should be well supported by external structural mechanics or rigid or flexible webbing or if you are involved in contact as well as combat in rough terrain. As well if you are going through physiotherapy and your medical specialist recommends you support your injury with a brace during conditioning or active duty. The right brace, the right fit, and keeping it clean are the essentials.