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.