Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: British Columbia, Canada
I don't think you'll get the weight loss results you're looking for just from horse riding alone (although that is an excellent addition to a regular exercise program!).
Try and eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, especially the dark leafy greens (like spinach), energizing whole grains and proteins (nuts, beans, lean meats and fish - all in moderation of course), make sure to keep hydrated with lots of water. The key isn't necessarily eating less, it's more about eating the right thing and eating it in small amounts several times a day. It helps to plan out your meals and snacks - it also helps to always make sure you carry around a water bottle with you to keep hydrated - staying properly hydrated will also help keep you from over-eating.
Exercise is a huge deal - there are lots of different exercises that target specific parts of your body to get things toned and fit. IME you HAVE to have the combination of eating right AND exercising right if you want the best and quickest results - nothing much is going to happen if you're working your tail off, but come home and eat a burger and fries (and vice versa).
I would suggest looking into yoga or pilates - intense, slow moving work outs that really stretch and balance your body - and pair that with cardio work several times a week. Weights are awesome as well - just remember, as with all work-outs, to start out slow, don't push yourself too hard too fast, keep hydrated, and most importantly - ENJOY YOURSELF! Switch things up from time to time; go running one day, bike riding the next, take the dog (if you have one - or your horse!) out for an invigorating, brisk hike, throw in some swimming; whatever you're interested in, whatever you need to do to keep yourself motivated.
I'm a health freak/work out junkie and I'm all into eating light and clean, drinking lots of water, working out every day (doing a variety of things - bike ride, run, elliptical, weights, yoga, pilates, taking my horse out for rides or in hand and going for long hikes, etc.)... it makes you feel energized and healthy, stabilizes and balances your mood, helps you sleep better at night, boosts your confidence and self-esteem... the benefits are endless. It has completely changed my life. Totally worth passing on the desert (and in my case, just about everything other people eat)!!!