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Women & Horses by Mary D. Midkiff - horseback riding fitness techniques for women

Women & Horses, knowledge for the female equestrian; female equestrian fitness training and riding tips

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A Reader from Temple, Texas , rating=10:
A great book for female riders!

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Fitness, Performance and the Female Equestrian, by Mary D. MidkiffA series of tips signaling key points on health, fitness, nutrition, safety, and comfort. Discusses: * Biomechanic and anatomical considerations for women. ( I would have bought the book just because of these words!) * Stretching and Strengthening exercises to enhance riding performance. * Techniques to gain more performance with less effort. * Saddle balancing and fitting tips. * Safety tools. * Riding and its relationship to aging, pregnancy, and lifestyles... ( would have bought the book just for that 1st "A" word in this phrase....) * Nutrition and dietary factors in daily riding and competitions. "The author takes us through the changing dynamics of women on horseback, arriving at a new approach to riding effectiveness. Women now represent over 80% of today's horse enthusiasts and riders. The techniques, equipment and teaching methods used with horses, however, have not moved in step with the growing involvement and influence of adult and young women... until now." That's just the stuff on the cover! Here's another reason why I bought the book... calorie expenditures:

120 lb female grooming a horse for 30 minutes
207 calories galloping for 20 minutes
148 trotting for 30 minutes
177 walking for 10 minutes

Hey! this mythical creature expends 554 calories/hour!!! amazing! In comparison to to other high activity sports like real swimming, cross-country running, galloping is next. Then tennis, then HORSE-GROOMING. then trotting is down 2 more categories including medium to low impact aerobics and snow skiing! Walking is pretty low down on the list... just a bit lower, though than sweeping the floor! Shock! We are in a high calorie burning, high energy activity! Ok, that's all the sneak preview you get! There are many more surprises and new thoughts in here for you to stumble into and exclaim.. AHA! or Wow in a reverent tone!

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