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Track Your Horse’s Weight this New Year

IMG_5425Some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions include losing weight, getting fit, saving money and eating healthful foods. I have found that horseback riding can meet all of the above resolutions. I seem to burn a lot of calories while riding and doing barn chores, thus helping me lose weight and stay fit. I save money since I am at the barn instead of the mall; I usually get hungry after riding, so I snack on my horse’s carrots and apples, resulting in eating healthful foods.

It seems of all the New Year’s resolutions, losing weight is the most popular; barn chores and riding are effective ways of burning calories. Did you know that trotting a horse for 60 minutes could burn between 400-550 calories, depending on your weight? This link is very helpful http://www.ultimatehorsesite.com/info/caloriesburned.html

Since I started thinking about my horse’s weight, I though mine needed to lose some of his holiday pounds after eating my Christmas horse treats. I have yet to find a horse scale, so I wanted to share a few different ways to measure your horse’s weight.

Two of the most common ways to measure a horse’s weight include using a measuring tape or a weight tape. Here is a very useful link: http://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Tape-to-Weigh-a-Horse

To use a measuring tape first measure your horse’s girth and then length, you might need a helper to measure the length, and use a mathematical equation Girth (in) x Girth (in) x Length = Weight (lb.)

Click here for a link where you can simply input your horse’s length, girth and age and it will calculate your horse’s weight. http://www.smartpakequine.com/content/horse-weight-calculator

Most tack stores sell weight tapes that simply measure the horse’s girth and gives you a rough calculation of your horses weight. There are a couple of types, usually for ponies and horses. Some useful tips to follow when using the tape include: make sure your horses feet are square on the floor and his weight is evenly distributed, always use the same method to monitor, take the measurement a few times, and don’t forget to record the weight. Even if it is not 100% accurate you have an idea if he/she is gaining or losing weight. After all, I always weigh myself on the same scale.

After reading this blog please share your New Year’s Resolutions with us by leaving a reply after this blog.

Cowgirl Logic:

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” Helen Keller

 

Happy New Year!

 

Joyce Ferreiro

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