Did you know that grooming horses burns about 259 calories every 30 minutes for the average person? Or that cleaning stalls offers the same calorie burn per minute as riding a galloping horse? Our staff is happy to learn that driving the tractor to groom arenas and manage the manure piles burns about 155 calories per half hour.
At least, that’s what the USDA estimates, based on the USDA SuperTracker physical activity calorie calculator.
Here is some more good news from the USDA SuperTracker about how developing your horsemanship totally counts as going to the gym.
|Activity, 30 minutes||Calories burned
|Driving a horse cart||103||light|
|Walking slowly around ranch,
taking pictures of horses napping in the sun
|Lifting and carrying cavaletti, saddles, buckets, salt blocks, etc.||201||moderate|
|Riding, horse is walking||213||moderate|
|Feeding, watering, pushing hay wheelbarrow||241||moderate|
|Walking in sand, on-line and liberty||259||moderate|
|Riding, horse is trotting||328||moderate|
|Cleaning stalls and pens||414||vigorous|
|Riding, horse is galloping||414||vigorous|
|Riding, horse is jumping||517||vigorous|