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    10-14-2012, 09:24 PM
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Foal
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    10-14-2012, 09:27 PM
  #2
Weanling
Showed that to my uncle the other day, he didn't say anything. Just walked off.
     
    10-15-2012, 01:26 AM
  #3
Yearling
So "general horse riding" is the same amount of calorie-burning as a brisk walk? That explains a lot. The friend who talked me into this swears that riding is exercise, but (and granted I'm pretty new to this) so far the only times* my pulse & respiration get into the aerobic training zone is when I get off and trot alongside Ellie.

*I exclude occasional moments of sheer terror, as when she (the friend, not the horse) decides to lead me up a wooded 30-degree slope with a near-vertical 3' embankment at the top.
     
    10-15-2012, 01:31 AM
  #4
Trained
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Originally Posted by jamesqf    
So "general horse riding" is the same amount of calorie-burning as a brisk walk? That explains a lot. The friend who talked me into this swears that riding is exercise, but (and granted I'm pretty new to this) so far the only times* my pulse & respiration get into the aerobic training zone is when I get off and trot alongside Ellie.

*I exclude occasional moments of sheer terror, as when she (the friend, not the horse) decides to lead me up a wooded 30-degree slope with a near-vertical 3' embankment at the top.
Depends on what you're doing when you're riding. What are you doing when you ride?

I can take a four hour walking trail ride and hardly experience any change in heart rate. I could also do a ten minute jumping course that leaves me breathless. I could practice my two point that leaves me barely able to walk the next day. I could practice alternative posting patterns that nearly trigger my exercise induced asthma. (Not bragging there at all, just showing some examples.)
     
    10-15-2012, 04:30 PM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
Depends on what you're doing when you're riding. What are you doing when you ride?
Say 70% walking, 25% trotting, 5% trying to canter (which I have not got down yet), and all on trails (or along the lake shore, sometimes cutting through woods without trails, &c), going anywhere from 2-4 hours on a ride.

I'm sure that there are things one could do on a horse that would qualify as exercise (just as I'm sure I'm not yet competent to do them). The point is that this is pretty much what my friend does (I know because for years I'd hike/run along with her and other friends on trail rides), and what she keeps telling me is exercise.

PS: It's not just me, either. Ellie (the horse) wants to trot a lot, so I have to keep holding her back, or ride ahead and wait for friend(s) to catch up.
     
    10-15-2012, 04:55 PM
  #6
Trained
Technically it is all exercise. However as with most physical activities, you can do it in certain ways and not exert yourself too much and you can also do it enough in the same way that your body adapts and it's not as much work as it used to be. For example when you start running for the first time, that first mile will be hard but you can get yourself to the point where you can run 10 and still feel strong.

So, light riding is still exercise but its not going to be a big calorie burner. That's like saying an experienced runner is going to get as much running the same first mile that they started on when they first to into running as they do from running 15.
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