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8/6/14 2:58 P

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Hi team,

I LOVE the SparkPeople exercise tracker, but have found a more accurate calorie calculator for different horse related activities. I calculate my 'horse calories' burned there, then plug them in for tracking here on SparkPeople's Fitness Tracker. It seems that the 'horseback riding' exercise listed on SparkPeople is accurate only if you are trotting, but this new calorie calculator shows calories burned for general riding, grooming & saddling, riding at the walk, trot, and even galloping. I wanted to share this with anyone who can benefit from it...

caloriecount.about.com/

You may have to sign up for an account, but just like SparkPeople = I'ts FREE! Once you get logged in, go to the Logging tab, click Activity Log, and search 'horse'

Enjoy!

Edited by: MGOOD4X4 at: 8/6/2014 (15:02)
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4/23/11 3:47 P

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for our fitness challenge at work we are using this calorie burn calculator... www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.p
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ANJINSAN's Photo ANJINSAN Posts: 17
3/1/11 7:12 P

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I found that site interesting too.... Now my horse won't be too happy though... who would have thought galloping burned more calories than posting to a trot? I'm ready to roll now! emoticon

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"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways on a Harley, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"


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3/15/10 6:10 P

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I had my polar heart monitor on with my lesson yesterday and burned 430 cal for one hour. We were schooling 1st and 2nd level dressage. I looked down and my heart rate was 140, and I was not even out of breath with that. Ladies, if you are serious about riding, you have to get fit. I cannot believe I have spent all these years competitive riding in such bad physcial shape. It is so much easier now, and much more comfortable and effective for me and the horse. And I am about 3/4 to goal weight and fitness level. We have a schooling show this weekend and can't wait to show everybody the new me 25 pds lighter. Happy trails!

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2/10/10 8:54 A

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Oh sorry....I just saw Healthyrider's sites she posted. I'll check them out thank you :)

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2/10/10 8:50 A

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Hi to all...I haven't been on my spark page for quite a while but I was interested in this thread because of the calories burnt while horseback riding and of course the tons of chores involved in owning a horse as well? How were you able to figure how many calories you burned while riding? I was wondering about cleaning stalls, carrying water buckets, wheeling the wheel barrow etc..
thank you :)

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1/29/10 5:44 P

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So the site I found is pretty specific as far as gaits and calories burnt.
You put your current weight in and then the number of minutes for walking, trotting, galloping and grooming.
60 minutes of walking is equal to 168 calories burned. My typical hour of 1 hour burns 408 calories. 20 minutes of grooming equals 133 calories.

Input on google "calories burned while riding a horse"

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1/27/10 7:57 P

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This is a really interesting thread - I have been feeling that the calories burned set by SP are pretty general as well. I am going to do some research tonight - for some reason I think there is a site that breaks it down.
I ride in a ring only and my sole purpose is to exercise the police horses when their assigned officers are off duty. So I try to break the hour up so they get a good work and I do too.
Walking , trotting, posting trot, sitting trot, cantering, all take different levels of energy. Add the lazy horse and the strong horse and that all changes as well.
Stay tuned - I will see what I can find out.


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12/30/09 9:05 P

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I have been wearing my polar when i have my lesson, or ride. I consistently burn at least 350 cal, and that is after i have already been up for a while, I forget to turn it on. I can get up to 500 when I remember to turn it on. but I will say we are schooling second level dressage, much different from what you described in your ride, but outward appearance may not be an accurate measure of how hard you are working. I realized I needed a better fitness level to ride second level dressage, hence the workouts and Sparkpeople. I would highly recommend investing in the polar heart monitor. just doing chores around my farm can get my heart rate up to 120. Depends on how much lifting i have to do. hope that helps. Charlene

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10/9/09 1:36 P

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thanks! will check it out. FYI, when you post a link, there is a button to add a link, if you use that, then it will be a clickable link in the post. Nice feature!





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HEALTHYRIDER's Photo HEALTHYRIDER Posts: 237
10/8/09 5:51 P

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I actually found two good sites. The first is nutristrategy.com/activitylist4.htm, which has a chart with weight ranges and estimated calories burned. Another site, healthstatus.com/calculate/cbc, has a calculator where you put in your weight and how long you rode. Both of these seem more accurate than the one on SP. Of course, each person's metabolism is different, so one person at a certain weight may burn more calories than another person of equal weight putting for the same amount of effort. I suppose it is all really just a "guesstimate."

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10/8/09 4:48 P

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Please share the link! I believe SP's calorie burners are only an average and link to one that is more accurate I would not think would be against the rules as I have seen links to other sites that help you lose weight if you buy their food, etc. One person was even a featured motivator and her spark page clearly said she lost the weight w/ this program and is using spark to keep it off.






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HEALTHYRIDER's Photo HEALTHYRIDER Posts: 237
10/8/09 12:40 P

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I don't know if it's "legal" to post the URL address for any other web sites here on SP, so I won't list the site, but the other evening, after this thread was started, I typed "calories burned while horseback riding" into my Yahoo search engine. I was able to find a site that listed many different activites broken down into different levels. They had horseback riding as walking only, racing/galloping, moderate riding, etc. The calories burned, to me anyway, looked a lot more like I would expect than the calculator on SP.

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10/8/09 11:51 A

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I wish it had a break down for what type of riding you are doing as well.

There are days I go out western and we are bums cruisin around having a good time, then there are other times when we go out hunt and cross country jumping ... no bumming there!

I record the time as it all counts towards your fitness minutes, but I do not factor the calories burned in how many calories I burn a week.





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10/5/09 5:42 P

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Yep that makes sense, I probably burned more calories getting him caught, lol. He likes his freedom, but it got me outside to enjoy a beautiful evening so I wasn't really thinking about burning calories. emoticon emoticon

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10/5/09 10:22 A

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I think the calorie counter is for "vigorous" riding - lots of posting and such. I don't bother to put in my riding if I was just walking and going on a leisurely trail ride but if I am doing 30 minutes of a posting trot and working up a sweat then I will put it in my exercise tracker. Not saying that the leisurely ride doesn't burn any calories, but I would compare it more to taking a nice stroll as compared to a power walk. Does that make sense?

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10/4/09 8:43 P

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I sort of wonder about how correct that is too. Yesterday I went on a 3-1/2 trail ride and it said I burned 2273 calories. Even though it was some vigorous riding, I can't imagine burning that many calories.

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10/4/09 8:34 P

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Hey, I'm new and tonight I rode my horse for 45 minutes, but since we're both out of shape we mainly walked. We may have trotted for like 2 minutes and galloped for one, but when I got back and looked on here in the fitness tracker it says you burn over 500 calories for riding 45 minutes. Is that right? I'm sure I burnt calories having to go catch the silly horse and brushing him and saddling and stuff, but just riding seems like so minimal work on my part (well except my leg muscles say otherwise). Let me know if anyone knows the answer to this, thanks!

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