09-09-2010, 01:07 AM
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I think riding and horse care is great exercise!
I can work up a sweat riding my horse! It can be hard for me to hold the proper position, post, 2 point and keep my posture while I'm fighting to keep my horse in line at the same time!
I think just being outside and moving around is so healthy for you! Doing chores, mucking stalls, scrubbing the mud off a horse can all burn calories and be good cardio!
I canceled my gym membership because I don't have the time or energy OR MONEY to go along with having my horse! I do have some free weight dumbells in my room that I do exercises with occasionally.
It's so easy to do exercises at home, its cardio that was hard for me and why I needed the gym and I think the horse fullfills enough of that. I'm not training for a marathon but riding and free weights/squats/situps at home is good enough for me to actually lose weight :)