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Fit to Ride?

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Do you take extra steps to keep in shape for riding your horse?

Yes, through a separate workout regimen
33%
226
Yes, through diet and healthy eating
20%
134
No, riding and barn chores keep me in shape
35%
241
No, I don't have time for additional steps
13%
86

Total votes cast: 687

Comments & Write-in Answers

I'm a barrel racer and be fit & strong especially my core to ride my horse

1/31/2011 3:58:12 PM

I do stretches and try to work on flexability... I don't have so much as I get older.

1/31/2011 3:45:03 PM

If i don't eat healthy i gain weight fast!

1/30/2011 10:47:21 PM

Besides taking care of my small horse farm I am also a runner & a full time mom!

1/30/2011 10:15:22 PM

I usually go to the gym in the winter to help stay in shape

1/30/2011 7:15:47 PM

I have a specific workout plan developed for me for the 1999 European Championships.

1/30/2011 1:37:07 PM

I take a spinning class, which focuses on balance, endurance and strength.

1/30/2011 10:08:46 AM

I'm in no shape to ride right now. I quit riding when my Belgian mare developed ring bone.

1/29/2011 8:54:36 PM

I stretch out every day to stay limber. I do extra stretches so I can easily mount and dismount.

1/28/2011 11:11:52 PM

We get back into shape together.

1/28/2011 8:36:03 AM

Especially, in winter, walking, stretching and swimming plus a strict diet.

1/28/2011 7:36:13 AM

Curves Zumba!! Great FUN!

1/27/2011 6:44:14 PM

I also keep in shape working around the farm

1/27/2011 4:59:12 PM

Along with a separate workout, I include diet and healthy eating.

1/27/2011 3:55:47 PM

Curves 3xwk , hiking and keeping weight down with good diet

1/27/2011 12:50:50 PM

especially in the Spring here in CNY as I quickly get out of shape before we move to the indoor

1/27/2011 10:16:53 AM

Due to my horses health issues, the lighter me and the tack are, the better for him.

1/27/2011 7:55:35 AM

I found that I got quiet out of shape and am now working on it.

1/27/2011 12:17:55 AM

yoga to strengthen core & help balance

1/26/2011 7:01:27 PM

Yoga is great for riding-improved balance and strengthens core

1/26/2011 6:19:57 PM

I've been jumping rope in the barn aisle this winter when I can't ride.

1/26/2011 2:41:01 PM

Just turned 60, refocusing on own health, walk horse 1 mile before mounting & after ride

1/26/2011 1:55:54 PM

yoga, walking, and good diet

1/26/2011 1:11:41 PM

No. But I should. I always know that a day after I ride because I'm so sore.

1/26/2011 12:27:14 PM

Also I watch my diet.

1/26/2011 12:21:59 PM

I stretch and limber before climbing on & ride without stirrups to strengthen my legs

1/26/2011 11:49:19 AM

Eat Right, Walk Fast, Yoga, and 11 horses to care for daily. Drink lots of water

1/26/2011 11:11:12 AM

Diet & healthy eating go along with physical exercise.

1/26/2011 10:05:35 AM

made a huge difference by strenghtening my core.

1/26/2011 8:26:29 AM

landscaping and eatting what I want ,&riding& chores dp it for me.

1/26/2011 7:34:24 AM

also do healthy earting

1/26/2011 7:15:46 AM

I have never never over 100 lbs,and i have literally been riding since the day i was born.

1/26/2011 7:11:04 AM

Yoga classes have been very beneficial.

1/25/2011 11:37:36 PM

I try. It's seasonal =s

1/25/2011 11:33:02 PM

Don't ride in winter so do stretching exercises along with barn choresh

1/25/2011 10:19:37 PM

I really should add exercise to my riding life

1/25/2011 10:11:36 PM

Workout and watch my diet. I don't want to look like those fat reiners that are an embarassment ...

1/25/2011 9:32:51 PM

With 29 horses to care for, I don't need extra steps to keep in shape!

1/25/2011 9:32:24 PM

As a full time professional farrier I stay in shape with work.

1/25/2011 9:19:01 PM

I work for a living so extra exercize isn't on the schedule

1/25/2011 9:05:18 PM

Barn and farm chores also keep me strong and fit for riding.

1/25/2011 8:55:53 PM

I do strengthening esp core muscles and aerobic as well as barn chores

1/25/2011 8:03:48 PM

Ive always been thin & never worked out but now at middle age I have to fight stiffness & soreness

1/25/2011 7:59:19 PM

biking makes legs stronger

1/25/2011 7:52:12 PM

I count on farm chores to keep me in shape, but some stretching would help

1/25/2011 7:24:44 PM

i am taining for the ironman.

1/25/2011 7:02:12 PM

Pleasure riding is the only sport I have time for these days!

1/25/2011 6:58:10 PM

I wish I did, but no.

1/25/2011 6:57:38 PM

I lost 35 pounds after getting back into riding at age 44.

1/25/2011 5:58:17 PM

We just bought an elliptical machine, I eat healthy, walk, ride & shovel manure constantly

1/25/2011 5:46:07 PM

Besides Riding and Barn chores,i ride my bike, hike & do plenty of yardwork! i keep a good diet

1/25/2011 5:30:15 PM

Got to love my elliptical machine! Helps keep my legs toned during the winter.

1/25/2011 5:25:33 PM

walking the dogs & yoga

1/25/2011 5:07:15 PM

Lots of walking/lifting involved with feeding our horses

1/25/2011 4:59:50 PM

Yoga Pilates and a swift walk all help

1/25/2011 4:36:51 PM

once a week fitness training with weights to help keep my core strong

1/25/2011 3:40:32 PM

I also stretch and walk often

1/25/2011 3:35:03 PM

At 73, keeping up the "place", riding. lessons, & grooming 3 horses is enough.

1/25/2011 3:33:05 PM

I write down what I eat. my goal is 2 meats or equivalents 8 veg n fruits

1/25/2011 3:29:06 PM

Healthy diet is a major part as well as riding and barn chores

1/25/2011 3:26:38 PM

Specific fitness for riders and through healthy eating

1/25/2011 3:20:59 PM

Anyone serious about riding owes it to their horse to get fit.

1/25/2011 3:20:53 PM

also try to get to gym or pool on days I don't ride

1/25/2011 3:03:00 PM

I work out 3x a week in addition to riding 5 days a week and chores. I do cardio, weights, yoga.

1/25/2011 3:00:38 PM

I bicycle indoors in the winter and outdoors in the good weather to keep in shape for riding.

1/25/2011 3:00:12 PM

flexibility exercises for old person w/tall mule

1/25/2011 2:50:08 PM

workout at gym every day

1/25/2011 2:46:50 PM

zumba 3X week, yoga 3Xweek

1/25/2011 2:38:13 PM

62 years old.

1/25/2011 2:35:29 PM

diet, healthy eating, and separate workout.

1/25/2011 2:33:45 PM

Working all day at the barn, and riding keep me in good shape.

1/25/2011 11:32:56 AM

I workout more than I ride. :-(

1/25/2011 10:55:40 AM

I run 20 miles per week in addition to barn chores - helps maintain ideal body weight.

1/25/2011 10:09:20 AM

I don't have a lot of extra time to exercise between working and riding, so I eat healthy!

1/25/2011 9:25:37 AM

Stretches plus sit-ups

1/25/2011 9:24:55 AM