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1/6/12 2:28 A

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I also rode bareback, often with only a halter and twine - usually only out on the field though. I did barrels and such, so a saddle was definitely needed for that. I saved up and bought my own saddle when I was a teen, was so proud that I had my horse model it for many photos. LOL! I only stopped riding as we had to put our horse down a few years back. With my injuries now combined with age, I'm really careful about riding as I can't really afford to fall anymore. That's cool that your daughter is pursuing a career in equine surgery. Awesome stuff.



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1/5/12 6:27 P

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LOL, SITTING! Swing yourself out of that seat, dude :-). BTW, I grew up on a horse- no saddle as my dad felt them to be dangerous so I spent my childhood galloping bareback. When my kids were growing up they had riding lessons and eventually I joined them, this time with a saddle- my son "grew out" of horses when he hit high school but my daughter is now a vet pursuing a career in equine surgery-oh the power of the horse- luv them!

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1/5/12 4:53 P

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I agree, I believe that the article was attempting to speak about those who occasionally visit ranches to ride, however, at the same time it was very generalized. For me it seemed to wrap everyone in the same ribbon and say anyone overweight is creating issues. I still agree with you though, they were looking more at the armchair cowboy who might believe that one hour of riding is equivalent to month’s of working out. After all, you are out and about, sitting even, what better way to work out. ;P



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1/5/12 8:26 A

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I agree with you totally! The people who ride regularly are in fabulous shape regardless of their weight- the article was pointed towards those who visit a "dude ranch" on a whim, knowing nothing about riding and very little about the nature of a horse.

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1/5/12 1:09 A

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I rode my horse even at 300lbs. It didn't cause her harm. She loved it, she'd get all prancy when I came and she knew we'd be gone all day. She wasn't a 1500 lb horse, she was a Hackney Pony mixed with a horse breed we were not able to identify. Horse back riding is amazing exercise. My abd muscles were tighter than a person doing daily crunches, my upper body muscles were strong and tight, my arms were sheer muscle. My legs were well developed. All is necessary when you ride a horse regardless of size. I agree that being down in weight is better all round - for the rider and horse - but when you are like me, dealing with health issues that block the ability to lose weight, it's ensuring that you are in the best shape when you go riding and then, use the ride to work-out. I posted even though I ride Western and it's like doing a million squats in one day. Galloping across a field full out - you lift off the saddle, lean forward and go. It takes many muscles that are strong to make this possible. If you sit lazy on the horse, she won't be able to do a darn thing. I think this article is more aimed at the occasional rider who probably never got off the sofa and suddenly decided to go for a wee ride, than the rider who goes out daily and at the same time, struggles with weight issues.



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1/2/12 10:33 A

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www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1
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Just a thought- maybe getting off the horse and walking might do the trick plus the horse's back and knees would get a break.

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