Equestrian activities DO count as exercise!

I know, everyone who knows nothing about riding says, “but all you do is sit there!” If only it were that easy!

In addition to burning calories by riding, you also can earn calorie credits doing barn chores. I know that when I was schlepping water last week, I could feel the burn for sure. Today I faced the prospect of moving Manure Mountain, given that it’s finally warmed up to the point where it isn’t frozen to the ground. After filling and dumping five wheelbarrows of wet hay and manure, I think that counts as my daily workout! Here’s a handy chart found on the Internet that gives you an idea of how many calories you burn doing your daily chores.


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