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    01-28-2013, 11:26 AM
  #71
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Originally Posted by jamesqf    
Sure, because that's horses, plural. Not the same as a recreational rider taking care of their one horse. Which is really where this discussion started - people riding maybe a couple of times a week, on a trail (or maybe an arena, though I've no experience of that), and claiming that it's serious/sufficient exercise. But as I think I said in the beginning, it's not.

When I go out on a ride, I don't get hot & sweaty (unless it's a really hot day), I'm not breathing hard, my heart rate's not above what it would be at a moderate walk (excepting the occasional moments of sheer terror), muscles (other than the few riding-specific ones) aren't stiff & sore the next day... So where exactly is the exercise I'm supposed to be getting?
It might just be the way you're riding. Now, I'm not saying horseback riding is a reliable means of burning off the pudge - it's not - but how you ride definitely factors in to how much you do burn.

I have exercise induced asthma. Some riding sessions will set it off, some wont. If I just go for a trail walk in the woods, I'm fine. If I start schooling and doing lots of dressage or jumping or games or whatever, trying to keep myself in good form and help my horse use his body the I am definitely getting some burn. If I am working on my two point, hand galloping him through the fields, then I am getting some burn.

My point is, there is no flat answer. It will depend on the individual. Wear a heart rate monitor and see where you are. I keep my records in my fitness pal and if I remember tonight I will post up some sample data - all my numbers are based off a heart rate monitor, so there's no guesstimates.
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    01-28-2013, 12:46 PM
  #72
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Well I lost about 25 Kilos in less than a year by "just" trail riding (ok the horses were young and inexperienced and VERY spooky and I ride about 6-7 hours a day...) but anyway, I think even trail riding burns tons of calories :0)
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    01-28-2013, 03:10 PM
  #73
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Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
It might just be the way you're riding. Now, I'm not saying horseback riding is a reliable means of burning off the pudge - it's not - but how you ride definitely factors in to how much you do burn.
Sure. But there's another side of things. Horses aren't machines: they need to get in shape too. Even if some of us might like to go galloping (or even trot/canter) through the fields for an hour, how many horses are in shape to do that? I know Ellie sure isn't. Though she's come a long way in the last year, our rides are usually limited by what she can do, not what I could.

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...all my numbers are based off a heart rate monitor, so there's no guesstimates.
Pretty much, though see my comments above re "sheer terror"
     
    01-28-2013, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by jamesqf    
Sure. But there's another side of things. Horses aren't machines: they need to get in shape too. Even if some of us might like to go galloping (or even trot/canter) through the fields for an hour, how many horses are in shape to do that? I know Ellie sure isn't. Though she's come a long way in the last year, our rides are usually limited by what she can do, not what I could.



Pretty much, though see my comments above re "sheer terror"
Two point can be done on any rideable horse, and that most definitely is exercise.

You don't have to do everything for an hour to get a burn in. 20 minutes of a good trot can burn close to a couple hundred calories (rising trot).

I don't think horseback riding should be considered an exclusive form of exercise but I don't think it should totally be discounted either.

I stand with my response of "it depends" on the original question posed in the thread.
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    01-28-2013, 04:45 PM
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When I rode 2 hours a day, spending a lot of that time trotting and cantering, I could eat anything I wanted and as much as I wanted and I stayed slim. Now I don't even get in 2 hours a week. I am restricting my diet and I am too fat. If I didn't have to work so many long hours to buy horse feed, hay, farrier care, etc, I might have time to ride.
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