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Hacking to lose weight

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:22 am
by cloudybay
Does anyone know the best way to get weight off a horse out hacking. I have given conflicting advice as my farrier says lots of long slow hacks and a girl at the yard has said you need to do lots of fast work?

Re: Hacking to lose weight

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:24 am
by H&R_Editor
I think long and slow is the best way to lose weight - for horses or us! We have a fantastic feature in our July issue about weight loss so look out for that. I would suggest getting the horse who needs to lose weight out for some good long hacks or sponsored rides. Also, if he’s very overweight then fast work will put a lot of strain on his legs, so definitely go for long and slow in my opinion.

Re: Hacking to lose weight

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:41 pm
by Dingbat
Yes - think about runners or race horses for that matter. Sprinters are big and bulky, whereas long distance athletes are ultra lean. Event horses do masses of walk work before they get to galloping fitness and I'd recommend the same.

Re: Hacking to lose weight

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:04 pm
by HollyGee
Speaking of losing weight, does riding actually help the rider lose weight at all? (Obv diet and other exercise count) but I mean, has anyone found that having started riding, say 2-3 times a week they've lost weight? Just a thought...

Re: Hacking to lose weight

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:29 pm
by hessy
I think that when i had my own pony and was keeping it at home, the other jobs like sweeping and catching and dung picking and mucking out and grooming really help your fitness too.

Re: Hacking to lose weight

Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:09 pm
by dominochase
I would do lots of long, slow trot work to help a horse lose weight hacking. Also all that rising is good for the rider to lose weight too!

Re: Hacking to lose weight

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:31 pm
by HollyGee
I schooled for just 15 minutes the other day having not been in the school for ages and my thighs are KILLING ME!!!! I feel bow legged it's AGONY!! Would just give up and go back to hacking but dear god, it just goes to show the effects of schooling on your legs! I'll have thighs like steel rods if I keep it up!!