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post #21 of 32 Old 08-24-2009, 10:59 PM
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I just recently started learning to post.....now that is a workout. I was sore for several days later. I have heard some doctors say though that you can't count your normal daily activity as exercise, because your body will get used to it. I kinda can agree with that because even when you go to the gym you gotta keep increasing your weights, keep speeding up the treadmill, etc. in order to get anything out of the exercise. I ride almost everyday, so I guess it no longer counts for me. I love riding though, and after my ride I always feel better and have more energy, so wether you can count it as exercise or not, it definitely has its benefits.
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post #23 of 32 Old 08-25-2009, 06:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Scoutrider View Post

Anyone who thinks that the horse does all the work must have never ridden
, and deserves to be pitched up on one and taken for a 2 hour trail ride over varied terrain. Even if they didn't change their mind, they would be too physically sore to tell you how little work they did.

I had taken 2 years off from horses a number of years ago and when I went out for my first long trail ride after my layoff, my legs, shoulders, arms, and tummy hurt for 3 days. (A nice Epsom Salt bath was great after I got back).

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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post #24 of 32 Old 08-25-2009, 11:50 AM
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I have heard this before from fitness instructors but of course they play with dumbells and wear lycra costumes. Don't listen - or perhaps offer them a ride on your horse. Then they will over breathe from fear.

Riding is very strenuous on the centre core muscles - stomach, lower back, pelvic floor, thighs - front and back, calves. Long distance riding
with lots of trotting is especially arduous. Then there is all the mucking out.
If you want someone to fight your corner, find a local Pilates instructor - he/she will give you a glowing testamonial for exercising.

Fight back lady - they sit on fancy machines - we sit on horses.
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post #25 of 32 Old 08-27-2009, 05:36 PM
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Riding is a exercise you use your legs to move your horse, and arms to control the reins. Do not listen to doctors on exercising they don't know what they are talking about.

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post #26 of 32 Old 08-28-2009, 11:37 AM
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This is a funny article from a few years ago.....

Exercise and horses

Response to Dr Phil's comment on horse ownership as exercise at this time of year, after the holidays, ads for weight-loss programs saturate print media and the airwaves. Even TV talk shows devote time to the battle of the bulge. I caught part of a Dr. Phil episode in which the prominent self-help guru was evaluating the situation of one overweight guest. The woman commented that she'd like to buy a horse so she could get exercise via riding. "That's great for the horse," responded Dr. Phil drolly, "but what good is it for you"

Clearly, the good doctor doesn't own a horse. At least, not the right horse. A quiet, well-broke, agreeable mount may indeed not offer much in the way of fitness training. But the right horse (and most of us have owned 1 or 2, haven't we?) will provide a body-building, cardiovascular-enhancing workout that would make Richard Simmons envious. Allow me to explain...

With the right horse, you begin your fitness program by walking out to the pasture. As you stride briskly, you carry the halter and lead rope behind you, pushed up high on your back so the lead doesn't drag. The purpose of this is to tone your chest and upper-arm muscles (because you're not fooling your horse- -he knows what you're carrying). As you
approach to within a few feet of him,he'll walk slowly away from you, then stop. This will be repeated several times in succession, until you're ready to jog. At that point, the horse will trot, then gallop around the pasture.

If you're at the advanced level of fitness, you may continue chasing after him for maximum aerobic benefits. Beginners may prefer to toss the halter and lead on the ground, bend forward from the waist, and engage in heavy breathing and chanting (that's what we'll call it, anyway--chanting) as the horse continues to circle the field. When the horse determines you've had enough of this warm-up session, he'll allow you to catch him.

Now comes the total upper-body workout of grooming. The right horse, ofcourse, will be caked in dried mud. The cement-like consistent of it will require work-to-exhaustion effort of your biceps and triceps.

Next comes the bending, stretching, and toning of hoof-picking. Bend over, pick up the horse's left front foot, then be prepared to jump back as he stomps it back down to the ground. (Keep your knees bent as you jump, to protect your lower back.) Reach down and pick up the foot again, hopping about with the horse to maintain your grip as you attempt to pick what seems to be dirt mixed with Super Glue from the hoof. Eventually the horse may stand still; you may be chanting by this time. Repeat the entire circuit 3 more times, with the remaining feet.

Once you can stand erect again, it's time for the insect repellent exercise. True, with this one, your horse may actually get more of a workout than you do, but you certainly get more of the repellent. It goes like this: Squirt!-circle-circle. Squirt!-circle-circle.Squirt!-circle-circle--and so on, until you're completely misted with repellent.

With the right horse, saddling up provides both aerobic and strength building benefits. The trick is to keep your feet moving as you heft the saddle blanket over and over, trying to keep it in place on a moving target. The blanket exercise warms you up for the saddle exercise, for which the routine is the same, only the weight is much greater--perfect for buffing
those hard-to-tone shoulder muscles.

Now comes the mounting exercise. With the right horse, it's left leg up,hop-hop-hop, left leg down. Left leg up, hop-hop-hop, left leg down. For balance, go around to the other side and continue the exercise (right leg up, hop-hop-hop, right leg down, etc.). When your heart rate begins to exceed your target range, look for a bucket. Bend over, pick it up, place it
upside-down next to the horse, wait for the horse to move away, then bend over, pick it up again, place it next to the horse, and so on. When the horse deems you've had enough of these repetitions, he'll stand still and allow you to actually mount.

At this point, of course, you'll be too exhausted to ride. It's best not to overdo it, so dismount and call it a day. That is, unless you have to tote water buckets, haul hay bales and muck stalls as well as sweep the aisle, clean and put up your equipment and take the horse BACK out to the pasture. Hummmmmmmmmmmmm. Maybe Dr. Phil could use a little exercise?
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post #27 of 32 Old 08-29-2009, 11:20 AM
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That's the biggest load of crap I've ever heard, too. I'm sore after every single workout and I've passed out on a couple occasions. If that's not exercise, I don't know what is. It's great for your legs, core, and back.

It's just not very effective on your upper body. Unless you count hoisting the saddle up on your horse's back a workout.

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post #28 of 32 Old 08-30-2009, 10:11 AM
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Cardio: about 1km a day walking (sometimes running) up and down the hill to my horses paddock, plus sometimes chasing my horses AROUND the paddock, not to mention having to be quick on your feet for groundwork and round yard work

Weightlifting: Chaff bags into bins, bags of feed from trailor to shed averaging between 25 - 40kg, lifting western saddle onto horses back that i swear weighs more than i do

More cardio and weights: carting buckets and gear through mud up and down paddocks all day, scrubbing troughs, vigorous grooming (anyones arm ever felt like dropping off after a good curry comb??) dragging trailors around for feed runs, hay carting !!!! Try throwing around hundreds of hay bales every week, and that doesnt include harvest time picking up out of the paddock!!!

Not to mention RIDING: Core muscle working... doing fifty million things with ur arms, hands legs, butt, knees, elbows while at the same time not falling off a 500kg lump of muscle with a mind of its own! Posting trot, JUMPING, cantering for any length of time, esp on a difficult horse, BAREback riding - now that is a test of fitness....

Have i missed anything?? Wrestling with 50 kg foals? Wrestling with horses legs when they wont pick their feet up? Fencing when fences break? Carting posts and rolls of wire?? Mucking out stalls.. hours and hours of shovelling and pushing overloaded wheel barrows...


Just thought I'd get that one out there!!!!

Happy Riding xx

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post #29 of 32 Old 08-30-2009, 01:36 PM
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I am lucky to get 2 or 3 rides a week at the moment and man, do I feel it in my thighs and stomach after! I used to be so fit when I was riding the three ponies regularly, at least one a day, usually two a day. And its not just the riding, its carrying heavy tack, grooming, mucking out etc that also is exercise hehe.
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post #30 of 32 Old 08-30-2009, 02:32 PM
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I don't know about some of you guys, but I sure as hell hurt after every ride. I ride something like 3-4 times a week. I get out of breath a lot too. I am not out of shape by no means. But I work on top of my horse. I don't just sit there and enjoy the ride. I'm working on my posture, legs, steady hands, stomach muscles, etc. Maybe some of you are just sitting there, but I know that I feel the pain.

I do other exercise too, of course. But horseback riding is defintaly exercise, especially if you are really working at it.
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