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Counting Calories at the Barn

Use this chart to calculate how many calories you're burning at the barn.

Photo by Lourie Zipf
Walking a 10-foot circle as you longe your horse will not only burn calories for you, but your horse

In the January 2007 issue of Horse & Rider, we offer some tips for getting fit--and slim while you spend time at the barn and with your horse. To help you out, we've put together this chart of calorie-burning values for common horse-related activities.

Keep in mind--the more vigorously you perform these exercises, the more you'll maximize the calorie burning benefits. We'll give you the number of calories burned per exercise for a person who is 5'8" and weights 150 lbs. If you have a smaller frame and weight, you'll burn slightly fewer calories; you'll burn slightly more if you have a larger frame and weigh more.

Vigorously curry your horse, using a circular arm motion. 10 minutes 68
Vigorously brush your horse. (Tip: alternate arms). 10 minutes 46
Walk a 10-foot circle, as you longe your horse. 20 minutes 79
Briskly hand-walk your horse. (Tip: add wrist or ankle weights for increased calorie-burning and aerobic benefits.) 20 minutes 91
Muck/rebed stall. 20 minutes 159
Push 50-pound load in wheelbarrow. 10 minutes 63
Ride at the walk. 20 minutes 57
Ride at the trot. (Tip: Posting at a medium trot will burn more calories than sitting at a jog.) 10 minutes 74
Ride at the lope. 10 minutes 93
Sweep/rake. (Tip: For a great waist trimmer, twist your upper body with each stroke, rather than using only your arms. When sweeping with a pushbroom, slightly bend your knees, to push off with your legs into each stroke.) 20 minutes 91
Unload/stack 100-pound hay bales. (Tip: Protect your back by bending at the knees, and using your legs to lift the load. Consider a back support brace when lifting heavy loads.) 20 minutes 249
Unload/stack 50-pound straw bales. 20 minutes 181
Lift/heft 20 pounds (feed/water). 30 minutes 153
Lift/heft 40-pound Western saddle on/off horse. 10 minutes 56
Lift/heft 20-pound English saddle on/off horse. 10 minutes 46
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