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    04-27-2010, 07:45 PM
LOL....or that....
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    04-27-2010, 07:51 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by draftrider    
Come on over, I'll put you to work mucking pens and stalls, and cleaning barns. You'll be ready to go riding in no time!
Hahaha that's my "exercise" too! Cleaning stalls can be very aerobic when you are running with the wheelbarrow to dump it when it's pouring down rain. Slinging around 75 lb bales of hay is a great upper body workout. With all there is to do, my legs getting a workout riding is the easy part!
    04-27-2010, 10:42 PM
Indyhorse, OMG the horse in your profile picture is SO gorgeous!!!! What breed(s) is he????
    04-28-2010, 12:07 AM
Don't have any riding-specific suggestions (I could use a few of those myself), but a couple for general fitness.

Try biking, especially if you have to go to work/school every day. (And it's a reasonable ride, of course.) I find it's really good if you get one of the bike computers that keeps track of speed, distance, trip time, and so on, 'cause I'm usually pushing myself to beat my records. And when I figured time spent at traffic lights, parking, and so on, biking wasn't that much slower than a car.

Another thing is to make little opportunities for exercise as you go about your day. Climb stairs instead of taking the elevator, park in the first spot instead of circling to find one close to the store, when you walk someplace, walk fast...
    04-28-2010, 11:43 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by horsegirlmaddy    
Indyhorse, OMG the horse in your profile picture is SO gorgeous!!!! What breed(s) is he????
Thanks! He's a mutt. His dam was a Clydesdale/Paint cross, and his sire was an Appaloosa.
    04-28-2010, 01:47 PM
You said you walk, why not try walking just that little bit faster to get to places? It raises your heart rate if you go fast enough, and you'll get fitter without having to do much extra.

And also I'm sure if you're going to be riding four times a week then after a while that'll make you feel far fitter with more muscles.
    04-28-2010, 02:07 PM
Oh boy...

Seems as if you're young, and maybe you board your horse?

I dunno, I don't feel as if I need to find time to work out on top of riding. The mucking, the hay hauling, phew!

I also have 6 dogs, and I count it as a blessing that 1 out of the 6 is my boyfriends hunting dog that doesn't need exercise. If I *don't* find time to walk them or go out and play ball/frisbee... i'll be in for it later when they have too much energy and no way to vent it.

Definitely jog/walk with your dog! It's fun, good bonding time, and they love it. Or you can come over and walk mine, I usually do 3 or 4 at a time - ends up not being very enjoyable lol
    04-28-2010, 02:30 PM
I'm not a yoga fan, personally, so I run or hop on an elliptical (bad knees). You have to really push yourself sometimes, but if you start running regularly you'll definitely notice a difference.
    04-28-2010, 03:26 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone. Yesterday I took my dog out for a run, and lets just say she loved it too much...LOL. But it was great, and will definitely make it a daily thing.

Unfortunately I got the stomach flu now...so let's just say I'm going to be out of action for three days....(darn)

Oh well, yoga books, here I come.....

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