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    01-17-2013, 11:28 AM
  #21
Yearling
Rough measurements, but it seems to hold true. Im 17yo, 5'10", and 145lbs. (muscle not fat)
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    01-17-2013, 11:58 AM
  #22
Yearling
Or you could wear one of those calorie counters while riding......I'm curious as to how accurate it would be.

I am not saying the chart is way off but everyone is built differently, age, and whether or not they are semi in shape, totally out of shape or in shape affects the outcome.
     
    01-17-2013, 12:15 PM
  #23
Yearling
I know and it isnt my chart, its just a rough chart by I tthhinnkkk smartpack?
     
    01-17-2013, 12:31 PM
  #24
Foal
My trainer mentioned once that you burn about 1000 calories posting the trot for an hour. Not sure where that figure comes from, I think she just wanted to make me feel good as I was really getting a work out that day
     
    01-17-2013, 01:08 PM
  #25
Yearling
I do post on trail but not for an hour straight! But, maybe an hour on a 6 hour ride. Hmmmm....
     
    01-17-2013, 02:03 PM
  #26
Yearling
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Originally Posted by ThoroughbredJumper    
Rough measurements, but it seems to hold true. Im 17yo, 5'10", and 145lbs. (muscle not fat)
You need to do a little comparison. Here's a link to a more extensive list of calories burned in various activities. For the 190 lb person, riding burns anywhere from 204 (walk) to 654 (gallop) calories per hour. Just sitting burns 123, a moderate walk 270, so just walking your horse isn't much like exercise at all.

At the upper end, running at 8 minutes/mile burns 1022 calories/hr, biking at a vigorous pace burns 981 c/hr, much more than even galloping a horse. Not to mention that few of us are going to be galloping for a full hour, while we might run or bike much longer. So from the aerobics POV, riding is just not that much exercise - though of course better than sitting on your butt in front of the TV all day.

Now to the muscle-building involved in various horse-related activities. Someone mentioned tacking up: you lift a saddle (mine's 17 lbs) on to the horse's back once a day. That's about equivalent to a bench press, and an untrained 145 lb woman should be able to press about 75 lbs. A basic weight training program will have you doing several sets of 10 or more reps, then move on to exercises working other muscles.

Likewise with cleaning stable, etc. If you're just caring for one or two horses, there just isn't all that much effort involved.

So I'd suggest you stop thinking of riding as an exercise, and start exercising in order to become a stronger rider.
     
    01-17-2013, 02:19 PM
  #27
Yearling
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Originally Posted by jamesqf    
You need to do a little comparison. Here's a link to a more extensive list of calories burned in various activities. For the 190 lb person, riding burns anywhere from 204 (walk) to 654 (gallop) calories per hour. Just sitting burns 123, a moderate walk 270, so just walking your horse isn't much like exercise at all.

At the upper end, running at 8 minutes/mile burns 1022 calories/hr, biking at a vigorous pace burns 981 c/hr, much more than even galloping a horse. Not to mention that few of us are going to be galloping for a full hour, while we might run or bike much longer. So from the aerobics POV, riding is just not that much exercise - though of course better than sitting on your butt in front of the TV all day.

Now to the muscle-building involved in various horse-related activities. Someone mentioned tacking up: you lift a saddle (mine's 17 lbs) on to the horse's back once a day. That's about equivalent to a bench press, and an untrained 145 lb woman should be able to press about 75 lbs. A basic weight training program will have you doing several sets of 10 or more reps, then move on to exercises working other muscles.

Likewise with cleaning stable, etc. If you're just caring for one or two horses, there just isn't all that much effort involved.

So I'd suggest you stop thinking of riding as an exercise, and start exercising in order to become a stronger rider.
Are you saying I use riding as an exercise???? I ride... to ride... but work out outside riding.... im an extremely fit girl and bench 87.5lbs, arm curl 59.5lbs, do rows with 70lb weights, and leg lifts of 64lbs... Need I say more? I exercise to be a strong rider, and riding shows me where im weak. Not anything currently appears but last month my ankles were weak so I started ankle reps, 50lb weight. :) im very proud of my lifting accomplishments and my 145lbs I've worked to get and keep. Riding just keeps me toned and slim so I don't look like a freakish body builder. Never the less! Riding IS a calorie burner, we all know this, and its fine if you want to show it off and display it as such. I do agree that working out on the side should be included. But riding in and of itself WILL keep a young person (12-18) fit all on its own. I don't know about older riders though, because metabolism slows down and such. Im not an expert, but if you're young... USE IT! These are the only years the good Lord gave us to eat what we want and gain little, though im a naturally muscular build and mind to work out, all my riding friends are skinny and all they do is ride, no outside work, they workout in the saddle just like the rest of us. I believe its a preference. If you want to work out your riding weaknesses in the saddle, GREAT! If you want to work them out on the ground, GREAT! I do both, its just whatever though. And again... I DIDNT MAKE THE CHART!!!!! Lol :P
     
    01-17-2013, 02:29 PM
  #28
Weanling
While I'm an advocate of working out to strengthen your riding, horse work is my main form of activity. It gets me up and moving, thinking, out in the fresh air... I think that for all intents and purposes, if you are a healthy individual then horse work is an excellent way to keep yourself active. The nice thing about it is that once you've opened that gateway to being active, you're a little more likely to go out hiking, biking and running... ;)
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    01-17-2013, 03:24 PM
  #29
Yearling
If you care for your horses, I think there is an extra benefit. In my case, I walk up and down the hill to the barn, clean the barn, feed the animals, clean the animals, etc. I think anything where I am bent over holding a leg is definitely a good workout! I do these things every day, twice a day, in addition to riding. There are NO DAYS OFF!

One thing that research has been showing lately is the more you stay in motion, the healthier you are. It is the person who is constantly standing, walking, working and busy that stays in the best shape, not the person who exercises at the gym 2-3 times a week for an hour.
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    01-17-2013, 10:50 PM
  #30
Yearling
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Originally Posted by ThoroughbredJumper    
Are you saying I use riding as an exercise???? I ride... to ride... but work out outside riding...
Which is exactly what I'm saying. It's a long running argument between me and my friend who talked me into taking up riding. She claims it's a good workout, but to me it scarcely seems like exercise at all. And in fact you seem to be doing pretty much what I do, which is working out in order to become/stay fit enough to do things I enjoy, like riding.

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And again... I DIDNT MAKE THE CHART!!!!! Lol :P
I didn't make the one I used, either. (The link to it seems not to have copied, so I'll try again: Calories Burned During Exercise - NutriStrategy )

I think maybe you're taking what I intended as a general post as directed at you personally. It's not. I'm commenting on the figures contained in that chart, whoever made it. Do the comparison, and the charts show that most horse-related activities just don't make the grade as serious exercise. Even the activities that create a moderately high calorie/hour burn are not things that most people are going to be doing for an hour at a stretch, several days a week.

PS: I also think the entry for "fencing" on that chart is referring to the sport of fighting with swords, not putting up fences around your pasture.
     

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