03-03-2011, 02:17 AM
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Because technically, it's just not a lot of burnt calories! The chart is an estimate at best, and MOST activities we're doing around horses do not produce a sweat (for example grooming, lunging, feeding). The best benefits will come from intensive riding or barn chores like stacking hay bales. If you could stack 100 hay bales every single day, I guarantee you'd see more benefit.
It's kind of the same as how we can't lose weight by walking around all day. The exercise simply isn't intensive enough. The only way to LOSE weight is to burn all the calories you eat in a day, plus some. If the average woman should be eating 2,000 calories, you can see why horses aren't a good form of weight loss!
However, horses are good at keeping us at a decent fitness and activity level!