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post #1 of 31 Old 10-26-2013, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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We finally have proof!

... that riding is a sport.

Doug Payne has posted a helmet cam video in which he's wearing a heart monitor, and it shows his heart working at about 88% capacity throughout. I don't know a lot about sports but I bet that's more than most people would expect. Okay, so not everyone rides cross-country courses, but still… It's too bad we don't know his weight or we could calculate the number of calories burned.


I wonder how other equestrian sports would compare?
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post #2 of 31 Old 10-27-2013, 01:47 AM
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... that riding is a sport.
Did anyone ever disagree? Sure, riding is a sport. So are bowling and golf
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I burn calories just watching cross-country!!!!!
Takes a lot of energy to "ride" the course with a horse and rider team. It's exhausting, I tell ya.
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Did anyone ever disagree?
Only a ton of people! I hear "horseback riding isn't a sport" all the time! Apparently the horse does all the work - didn't you know?
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... that riding is a sport.

Doug Payne has posted a helmet cam video in which he's wearing a heart monitor, and it shows his heart working at about 88% capacity throughout. I don't know a lot about sports but I bet that's more than most people would expect. Okay, so not everyone rides cross-country courses, but still… It's too bad we don't know his weight or we could calculate the number of calories burned.

I wonder how other equestrian sports would compare?
While I don't know anyone who disputes that some equestrian activities are sports I hardly think that the criteria used here makes something a "sport". If the heart rate is all criteria you're using then there are farming chores that would qualify as a sport (e.g. spend 10 hours trying to keep up with the baler while loading hay after the first layer is on the trailer). Your heart, as well as the rest of your body, will be working at a greater capacity than something doing a cross country course .
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Apparently the horse does all the work - didn't you know?
Yes, I do know And while riding a cross-country race may be serious exercise, I have to say that I haven't found moderate trail riding to be anything of the sort. Yes, there are a few specific muscle groups that need to be strengthened, but otherwise? Well, most rides I will get off and jog/trot with the horse, just to get the circulation going.
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Everyone here is pretty well aware of the physical exertions both parties undergo, this is an interesting vid though. Cool idea.

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Neat! All my non-horsey friends definitely assume the horse does all the work, lol. We equestrians know otherwise!
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While I don't know anyone who disputes that some equestrian activities are sports I hardly think that the criteria used here makes something a "sport".
How do you get confused between chores and sports? The differences are obvious!
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How do you get confused between chores and sports? The differences are obvious!
I think the problem is that some people are equating "sport" with getting a good cardiovascular workout. Not the same at all: some sports, like golf or bowling, won't raise your heart rate at all, while lots of chores will. For instance, I get a much better workout cutting firewood than I do riding. Or take biking: if I take the dogs and go ride in the mountains for an afternoon, that's a sport, but if I ride the same bike to work or the store, getting the same amount of exercise, it's a chore.
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