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Does anyone else on here horseback ride regularly? I have looked a couple times, but found only a few mentions in people's profiles...

Fri. Mar 24, 3:21pm

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I do not, but have been thinking lately about taking lessons. I think it would be fun... i don't know how it could be exercise, but who cares.

Saturday, March 25, 2006, 6:47 AM

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I used to ride horses when I was a kid and would love to get back into it.

It would be great to use as a secondary form of exercise - definitly not cardio :<), but it can help your posture, and to build strnegth in your legs - especially your inner thighs - arms, and stomach. It can help you with balance and increased flexibility,

From grooming to galloping, you can burn from 216 to 518 calories an hour if you are a 190lb person, or 176 to 563 if you are 155lbs.


Saturday, March 25, 2006, 7:25 AM

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Yea, I used to ride a lot in high school but had to sort of give it up for a while since I moved away for college and pharmacy school. I used to ride hunter jumpers, then I switched to eventing, then I comcentrated on dressage. I think I'm going to try and get back into dressage here soon. I graduate in May.
What type of riding did/do you all do?
We could start a group or something based on common interest in horses?


Saturday, March 25, 2006, 10:38 AM

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OP here, I will start a group and see if it drums up any interest. I'll call it: Horse lovers

By the way, it is definitely exercise, and even cardio! I built up to running because we work so hard. I take hunter/jumper lessons, and we do everything from no stirrups work in our warm ups to 3'6" courses. Even a slow lesson for me burns 300 calories in an hour, and I am in good shape. If we're doing a lot of cantering or jumping, or even trying to get our horses on the bit and moving forward, I work up a huge sweat. If you're really using your legs to get the most out of your horse, you'll feel it when you get off!

Saturday, March 25, 2006, 12:44 PM

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I used to horse back ride. I was in competitions at a national level. I would like to disagree with the poster that said it wasn't cardio. Maybe you were just doing it for leisure, but it can be more intense then a 6 mile run. Its like anything, you make it as hard as you want too. Horse back riding is amazing for the lower body and abs, everyone should try it.

Saturday, March 25, 2006, 12:53 PM

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I completely agree with the last 2 posters!!
Dressage was a crazy hard workout. Not to mention ab work. try sitting an a bouncy trot for an hour without being sore!!

Saturday, March 25, 2006, 1:23 PM

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I don't remember it ever being cardio for me - but I always did it as a child, and never was into the jumping - I just don't ever remember my heart rate raising - I definitely felt sore and it was good work for my muscles, but I don't think it ever did anything for my heart.


Saturday, March 25, 2006, 1:57 PM

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It felt like cardio to me! I did dressage, trail rides, jumping, and some Western. I think of it as light cardio though. It was super intense at times but you had to do it for longer. I think it also greatly depended on the "fight" or spunk of your horse.

I had to ride a very feisty Stallion who nearly threw me many times and THAT is soooo much work. But, if you are on an old bitty mare who doesn't care if you ride or not... I think its the comparative diff of a walk on the flat track vs. a long steep hike at a fast pace.

I miss it!!!!!! I grew up in Mexico and here in Boston it is SOOOO expensive that its a deterrent! Any suggestions?

Monday, March 27, 2006, 2:50 PM

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I live in Somerville, MA and ride up in Groveland at a barn called Hunter's Haven. It's about 40 minutes up 95N. It is $30 for a full hour lesson, and the lessons are really great. They push you the whole time, and most of the school horses can keep up with the boarder's horses over fences. Let me know if you want to know more.

Monday, March 27, 2006, 4:55 PM

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I would love to know more! Can you ride in the evenings? I work from 9-6 M-F.

Monday, March 27, 2006, 5:20 PM

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Yeah, the last lesson is 7:30-8:30. I ride Monday and Thursday at 7:30. Mon is an advanced jumping class, Thurs is of a mix some beginner and some intermediate jumping but she adjusts the fences for each person. They can also get a horse ready for you if you can't be there at 7 to tack up.

I wouldn't mind a carpool buddy if you are interested in riding there. The Monday class is pretty open right now, and Thursday may have an opening soon.

here is the website:


Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 1:18 PM

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I am seeking fellow riders out there who want support with riding and weight loss--especially with dressage.

Saturday, December 29, 2007, 11:02 AM

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I used to, and it's DEFINATELY cardio and strgnth training all in one. I would reccomend English style, because the 'up down' you learn with trotting REALLY owkrs your buns and thighs =]

Saturday, December 29, 2007, 11:16 AM

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riders out there

Anyone out there who rides? Would like to start a group.

Saturday, December 29, 2007, 1:03 PM

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are you still a member? I am looking for other riders.

Friday, February 27, 2009, 11:51 PM

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