Saturday, July 4, 2015

Horseback riding is good for you!

One of the reasons why I really should get out to the barn more often -- besides the fact that I miss my horses -- is that I'm missing the exercise.  I've gained weight in the past year, only about five or ten pounds, but I think it's at least partly because I'm less active now that I haven't been riding as much.  (It's also partly because with some changes in my life, I have been eating out and eating convenience foods more often, although hopefully that's at an end now that I have my own place.)

Anyway, it's no surprise to any of us horse people that this study found horseback riding to be extremely good exercise.

"Riding a horse for 45 minutes at a walk, trot and canter can burn up to 200 calories. It you do something a bit more strenuous such as cutting or reining, that can come out to nearly seven calories per minute for the entire length of the riding period."
Sigler said riders engaged in cutting and reining experienced more intense exercise in short durations, while walk-trot-canter provided a greater total energy expenditure. The study data suggests that it is possible, if riding at the more intense gaits such as long trot and canter, for health benefits to be achieved through accumulated weekly horseback riding.
No surprises there, right?  And since some of us horse people don't actually like jogging or working out, riding is the perfect exercise.  Good for our bodies and our souls.

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