Get your knees ready for a horseback hunt

Discussion in 'Physical Training For Mountain Hunting And Backpac' started by Andy Backus, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. Andy Backus

    Andy Backus Field Editor Staff Member

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    Over the years my knees have given me a hard time on Horseback hunts. I stay in very good shape and still they bother me.

    The last couple years I started to force myself to do more leg stretching throughout the year. I found that for me one stretch in particular has made the difference and I have much much less discomfort when riding now.

    The muscles and tendons that run on the outside of my legs and knees are what get sore. The stretch that has fixed this for me is to squat down like a duck and stay there a long time and just get my rear end lower and lower and stretch out my knees. When I first started I could only squat down about three-quarters of the way because my knees wouldn't allow me to go any lower. I've gotten to the point where I can squat all the way down with pretty much no discomfort.

    I was pretty amazed on our elk hunt a couple weeks ago how great my legs felt on the horse thanks to my improved flexibility.

    This stretch may or may not help you but my point is that having your legs and lower body be nice and stretched out before heading on a horseback hunt can make a huge difference in your comfort and enjoyment.
     
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  2. trueblue

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    Could you post a couple of pictures to show what you are talking about
    I have the same problem when riding
     
  3. Andy Backus

    Andy Backus Field Editor Staff Member

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    Here's a quick video.

     
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  4. THEIS

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    Hello,
    Another great squat for stretching and strength is the weighted sumo squat as shown in picture below.
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    THEIS
     
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  5. Andy Backus

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    That looks like a good one. I'll give that a try.
     
  6. hunternhunter

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    this seems like a lot of fun
     
  7. trueblue

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    Tag
     
  8. Mike 338

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    There's a few ways to help your knees.

    1. Buy a horse and ride 4 or 5 times a week. It's good for the horse and you'll stop hurting till he throws you.
    2. Ride a mule. They seem to sit skinnier through the sides than a horse.
    3. Turn your stirrups. If your stirrups don't hang facing forward, then there's always going to be slight pressure in your knees.
     
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  9. HARPERC

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    ........4) Don't think they're doing you a favor "giving" you the new saddle.
     
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  10. prohuntersmind

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    i will definitely give this a try.
     
  11. Antonio m

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    I do a lot of riding all year around and never have had knee problems and turning 60. I try to stay fit by running , hiking etc and I I rope steers regularily. I ride in oxbow stirrups no matter what I do, these stirrups fit into your instep and I find gives better alignment. They are bronc/ colt stirrups and not meant to kick out in a hurry. I like a slick fork saddle too.
     
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