Training the Mind of the Horse and Rider

Training the Mind of the Horse and Rider
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Walking to build endurance

Monday, Jan. 16, 2012

Walking is good for the horse and also for the rider.  Yesterday, hubby and I walked 3.25 miles in 1 hour 15 min.  Our max speed was 4.3 mph.  Sometimes, it's hard to get a QH to walk out that fast.  But now I know if I can walk that fast, my horse better pick up speed at the walk!

Now, how many calories do you burn while walking?  For the mileage, at a moderate fast pace, I burned 224 calories and hubby burned 345 calories, based on our weights.  It doesn't seem quit fair that I walked the same and burned less calories??? (321 calories at another source that I goggled for both our weights).

From yesterday, it takes burning 3500 calories to lose a pound.  We burned 100 calories in 10 minutes on the eliptical machine.  Today, I worked 15 minutes, burning 150 calories.  I would need to use the machine 50 minutes for 7 days to burn off 1 pound.  I'm also adding in some weight machines, which should burn off some calories.  My goal is to work 30-40 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the weights, and while watching my food intake, see if I can lost a pound a week. 

I just read where it's not safe to lose more than 2 # a week.  Slow and steady is better.  It sounds like I'm conditioning a horse!


R.M. said...

Horses walk faster when they're going in the direction they want to go; towards the barn, the trailer, etc.

Horses Are Our Lives said...

That is for sure. Turn them towards the barn and other horses and they can go from 3 mph to 5 mph in a heartbeat! LOL


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