We all know that working on a farm or just around horses, is a good workout (Even without intention). Well Horse&Rider put together any easy way to calculate the calories you burn during a daily farm day routine! It’s pretty impressive. I calculated that at work yesterday I burned over 800 calories, makes up for the pack of mini donuts I ate 😁


Vigorously curry your horse, using a circular arm motion. 10 minutes/68 calories
Vigorously brush your horse. (Tip: alternate arms). 10 minutes/46 calories
Walk a 10-foot circle, as you longe your horse. 20 minutes/79 calories
Briskly hand-walk your horse. (Tip: add wrist or ankle weights for increased calorie-burning and aerobic benefits.) 20 minutes/91 calories
Muck/rebed stall. 20 minutes/159 Calories
Push 50-pound load in wheelbarrow. 10 minutes/63 Calories
Ride at the walk. 20 minutes/57 calories
Ride at the trot. (Tip: Posting at a medium trot will burn more calories than sitting at a jog.) 10 minutes/74 calories
Ride at the lope. 10 minutes/93 calories
Sweep/rake. (Tip: For a great waist trimmer, twist your upper body with each stroke, rather than using only your arms. When sweeping with a pushbroom, slightly bend your knees, to push off with your legs into each stroke.) 20 minutes/91 calories
Unload/stack 100-pound hay bales. (Tip: Protect your back by bending at the knees, and using your legs to lift the load. Consider a back support brace when lifting heavy loads.) 20 minutes/249 calories
Unload/stack 50-pound straw bales. 20 minutes/181 calories
Lift/heft 20 pounds (feed/water). 30 minutes/153 calories
Lift/heft 40-pound Western saddle on/off horse. 10 minutes/56 calories
Lift/heft 20-pound English saddle on/off horse. 10 minutes/46 calories

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