Stel­lar Se­nior

Horse & Rider - - We Hear You - PG Leighton Lori Jo Stri­b­ling

My AQHA geld­ing, Kisses Fea­ture Star, is 32. I bought him as a 4-year- old and trained him to be a hunter/jumper. He was the best over­fences horse! As my chil­dren grew, they took Star and showed him in the 4-H state and south­ern re­gional shows. He was a 4-H king! Both kids al­ways placed in the top five and went to re­gion­als. My daugh­ter showed him in hunters, jumpers, trail, dres­sage, Western rid­ing, Western horse­man­ship, and show­man­ship— all in one show!

As he aged and my kids f lew the coop, Star was rid­den less and less. I’d moved on to my new horse and to dres­sage. Af­ter Star had been mostly re­tired for a few years, my hus­band de­cided he wanted to try a com­pet­i­tive trail ride with me in Louisiana. So I rode my horse and he rode then-25-year- old

From Face­book

We shared tips for saving your knees from pain when rid­ing. Here’s what our Face­book fan­base had to of­fer in the way of ad­vice.

Lana Alexan­der I re­cently used a wide and cush­ioned trail stir­rup for the first time. Wow! What a dif­fer­ence. I’ve had sev­eral or­tho­pe­dic surg­eries on my an­kles, feet, and knees. A wide trail stir­rup is the way to go!

Robb Cor­rell De­pend­ing on the length of the ride, try drop­ping your feet out of the stir­rups and al­low your legs to hang down. Do­ing so for just a few min­utes will al­le­vi­ate pain not only in your knees but your hips and back, too. knee pain.

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