Horse back riding gives you Core Strength:
“Horseback riding is an isometric exercise, which means it uses specific muscles to stay in certain positions, in this case, keeping balanced on the horse,” Dr. Stout explains.
Riding for 45 minutes at a walk, trot and canter can burn about 200 calories. If you do something more tiring like jumping or reining, you can burn about 7 calories a minute. The quads, hamstrings, and glutes all work while riding. When you post, your upper inner thigh is raising you, as well as when you do jumping position or two-point.
An example would be jumping: Say you’re approaching at a canter. You use your inside leg to bend him around your corner and give a little nudge with your outside leg. You get into jumping position and choose a spot to look at while keeping your heels down, hands floating above your horse’s neck, calves gripping, back long and flat, hands keeping him straight toward the jump, trying to make your thighs not burn out too quickly 😉 , giving a tap with the crop as you keep him forward and straight throughout the jump.
- Cardio Excersise
Non- horsey people might be rolling their eyes right about- now. Wait till you do the posting trot without stirrups for half an hour!
Wouldn’t it be fun to see a person who thinks horse riding is easy to try to piaffe, jump a course, or try barrel racing???
Example: Two- point position without stirrups: In a couple of seconds your things will be burning faster than any exercise you could do.
- Quicker reflexes
Studies show you get quicker reflexes after riding.
Sprezzatura. Making the difficult seem simple. That clearly defines riding.
So, do you still think it’s easy?