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Which sport is harder in general: Road Cycling or Equestrian?

Equestrian as in eventing and jumping

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Goodness, hope Boo doesn't see these answers. Having been a horseback rider for many long years, let me tell you there's no sitting and letting the horse do all the work. You have to balance your weight in the stirrups, hold up your arms so the reins are in the correct position, and keep your back straight. If you post (during the trot), you are raising yourself up and down with the rhythm of the horse's movement. Lots of leg workout also required for guiding the horse correctly. Then there's shifting the weight during different gaits, directions, and terrain. When you coast on your bike, you're still working...right? Well, we're still working all the time, even when it looks like we're not. Trust me, no easy answer to this one. And you could more easily compare mountain biking to jumping the jumps...You know not whereof you speak.

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helixaqua

Road Cycling..you have to be in shape and mentally conditioned for that. Equestrian is NOT a sport.

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Or just dope up like Lance Armstrong.
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helixaqua
I still think thats funny! :D
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I think he's a d-bag, he dishonored America.
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helixaqua
I would agree...but Im really not impressed by a guy who rides a bike for a living.
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Hahaha well that's true ... unless he's one of those bike curriers.
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I have only words of disdain for anyone who says that equestry is not a sport...you have no idea.
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helixaqua
I stand by my words...hows this....Golf isn't, Nascar isnt, cheerleading isnt AND equestrian sure as hell isn't either.
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Helix, allow me to educate you. Equestrian is not only a sport, it's one of the top most dangerous sports. Road biking? Pedaling and watching for traffic. Eventing and/or jumping? You not only have to control a 1200 pound animal but you guide it by seat and legs. Your legs have to be strong enough to hold you still and in balance while this animal is jumping upwards of 4 feet. Besides playing the drums, it's the only activity where all 4 limbs can be doing different things at the same time.
I have a standing offer to anyone who thinks equestrian isn't a sport or hard work. One free lesson and I will have you sweating and begging for mercy before the hour is up (IF you can even stay on that long)
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Woo Hoo!!! Yip Yip Yip!!! Ride 'em Cowgirl!!! Home run! Eagle! Steeeeriiike!!!! Take that helixaqua. Bam!
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helixaqua
Take what....its not a sport...skillful, absolutely. .a sport, ummmm no.
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Try again. It's been recognized as a sport for ages, again, also one of the top most dangerous sports
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helixaqua
Not with me...throwing darts is more of a sport.
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Fortunately facts trump opinions
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Those "facts" are just somebody else's opinion.
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Sorry, no. It's recognized as a sport by the international Olympic committee, the CDC, all insurance companies, AMA, etc
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Helix, my offer stands
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That's what I mean, I said it's an official sport, and I agree, but that's still they're opinion. Some people don't think Mixed Martial Atrs is a sport, that's their opinion, I disagree with them, but they're entitled to their opinion, even though MMA is offiically a sport.
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helixaqua
I was on a horse before...my butt hurt afterwards. I know I woukdnt be good at it...but whether im good or not it's still not a sport.
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Being "on a horse" and actually riding are 2 different things. Do you even know what eventing is?
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helixaqua
Yes...I do have a rather high IQ....doesnt matter, a horse is a horse and either way riding or eventing I'll be in pain.
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Prove your IQ by your thoughts, don't just say it, prove it with logical thinking, helix
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I'm not impressed. Not that you care, but I value intelligence above IQ.
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Helix, if you tried eventing you would crash and burn quite quickly. IQ has nothing to do with understanding a sport. When I say you judge it in ignorance, it's not a put down but just your lack of actual knowledge. Like most people you "know" what you know by riding a rental horse or watching tv. That's like "knowing" professional hockey because you go to a skating rink.
Your opinion is yours but factually disproven.
Best of luck in your "real" sport, whatever it may be
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helixaqua
I just dont see it as a sport..a skill, absolutely.
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How do you define "sport?"
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sport (spôrt, sp rt) n. 1. a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.
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helixaqua
koichan....I do speak intelligently, opinions have nothing to do with intelligence. Thank you for your concern though. Its has been a pleasure but this is getting nowhere. I have my views and you have yours. Technically they are ALL opinionated answers.
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helixaqua
I guess shoe tossing is a sport then....hide n seek is a sport then. Im going to go do the sport if weed pulling now..there are rules and competition tk that as well.
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I could use a demonstration of that sport in my yard right now...how about it?! lol
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helixaqua
You get the pizza and I'll be MORE then happy to demonstrate!!!
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They timed me out. I had it all planned...
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Okay, one more time! I'd like a gigantic pizza, stuffed crust, double cheese, sausage, black olives, pepperoni, mushrooms, ground beef! I also mentioned, in my first timed-out message, that I used to judge amateur bodybuilding. That was great fun, if people only knew how hard those peeps work out...whew! You do high intensity training don't you? If that's your picture. My husband and I went to the 1998 Mr. Olympic and met a bunch of the competitors, Nassar El Sonbaty was there, He was a monster! Did you know he died in his sleep this last March? He was in Turkey. Because he was Muslim, no autopsy, so we'll never know what happened to him. He was a really smart, really classy guy. I liked him a lot! I also met Dorian Yates, that was the year he retired, not so nice. Ronnie Coleman was a mass monster the likes of which I'd never seen. It was great fun. Thanks for the memories.
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helixaqua
lol...I didnt know these people existed. I use to work out then age and the nerd disease kicked in.
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Shoot!
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In cycling YOU do all the work, in equestrian the horse does (almost) all of the work. Which one is the better weight-loss program ... there's your answer.

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helixaqua
Then OFF to the glue factory...
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HAHAHA you crack me up!
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helixaqua
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The only thing that burns more calories than riding is swimming. Horse does NOT do all the work for a real rider, only for amateurs who are passengers.
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I'm sure it's a lot of hard work to control such a large animal, but on a bike you're pedaling.
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And on a horse you are moving 1200 pounds by your leg and seat muscles. Not putting down road cycling but you do get breaks, in riding you don't. Can you maintain a proper position balancing just off your legs while going over a jump 4' or better AND doing about 30 miles an hour? No sitting allowed
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helixaqua
It still doesn't make it a sport though.
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Boo, I'm not saying it isn't work, the question which one is hardER, they're both hard, I just think cycling is over all harder. Riding a horse is harder downhill and easier uphill, the bike is harder on a flat surface. There are so many variables, but the question asked which one so you've got a 50/50 shot at getting the answer you want.
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Sorry helix, you've been proven wrong repeatedly. All you do by maintaining this is proving your ignorance of the sport
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That's his opinion, officially it's considered a sport, but fans of real sports like hockey and football disagree.
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"Real sports"
Define what makes them real.
Oh wait, football players who miss games because they sprained their pinkeys vs professional riders who will compete with concussions, torn ligaments, etc.
you want to watch a "real" athlete google Cody ohl calf roping nfr about 4 years ago.
Hockey, football, etc are spoiled and pampered.
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Baseball and basketball players are spoiled like that, that's for sure haha not hockey players though.
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Hockey is a fight interrupted by the game
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Hockey believe it or not is actualy one of the most tecnically difficult sports. If you don't what you're looking at it just looks like a bunch of guys crashing into each other haha
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And if you don't know what you're looking at, riding looks like somebody "just sitting there"
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As I said, the horse does "most" of the work, I never said it wasn't hard work, just not as hard as cycling.
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helixaqua
You CANT prove me wrong...its an opinion. ..nice try though, you ALMOST succeeded.
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Sorry, you're both wrong.
All you do in cycling is pedal. In correct riding you must maintain your center of balance while picking up the horses inside shoulder with your inside leg, push his hip over with your outside leg, maintain looking at and beyond where you want to go and prevent the horse from leaning on the reins while actively using your hips and seat to either extend or collect. That's just a canter and what an advanced beginner can do.
Again, your "opinion" comes from lack of knowledge, I consider football a very long time out punctuated by small bursts of activity by overweight, drug ridden divas.
But I don't play football.
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By the way, I can prove you wrong but that would mean you would have to learn and get in shape
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Wow, so much anger here. It's just a simple "this or that" question, both answers could be right, both are strenuous exercise, it could go either way, it's a close call which is why it was asked, now everybody chill.
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Not a lick of anger here. I run into this ignorance quite often. If you will check my answer you will see that just average equestrian exercises burn more calories than average bicycling but they are close. They stay close through levels of difficulty.
The op asked which was more difficult and hands done its the eventing or jumping they asked about because in addition to everything else, you have to control a 1200 pound animal with a mind of its own.
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Ignorance? Disagreeing over something so close and so debatable is ignorance? Wow.
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Ignorance = lack of knowledge
Please see what I wrote to helix, it's not a put down but actual fact. People judge what they know nothing about.
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Road cycling is the hardest sport compared to the other one. You need to be very physically fit and have a good lung capacity for the endurance. This is because during cycling you may come across hills and rough roads, which will require you to use extra energy.

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Yes, you must go uphill (also downhill) while real riding, especially the 2 the poster was asking about, you must be in complete active control every step of the way. Try balancing yourself through your legs while judging speed and correct take off point AND maintains that while a 1200 lb animal jumps better than 4'. Better yet, maintain that and correct the horse when it ducks out last minute. It is not uncommon for jockeys (flat or steeplechase) to lose upwards of 5 pounds during a race.
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Average riding with some jumping...
If I add jumping to the mix (20 minutes of walk, trot, canter warm up and 25 minutes of jumping courses) that number goes up to about 750 calories burned.
Cycling...
Based on the the list of cycling activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 707 Calories for one hour of cycling. The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 606 Calories for one hour of cycling.

On both I just posted general calories burned. Eventing is much more difficult, same with road cycling. They are close but equestrian beats out cycling.

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Cycling, the other one the horse does 90% of the work.

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Please educate yourself. Only non riders being passengers does the horse do all the work
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I didn't say all the work boo. You can't deny the cyclist does more of the work than the rider, it's simple logic.
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Actually not. There is way more involved in real riding than just pedaling.
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