Physiological and energy comparison of recreational horse riding

Pavel Korvas, Veronika Krupková


The aim of this study was to monitor the level of load during recreational riding in various kinds of gaits and to find out the differences between two groups of beginners and advanced recreational riders. Eighteen horse-riders were monitored in a field research (14 women, 4 men, M=26 years) during three kinds of horse gaits: step, trot and canter. The horse-riders were divided into two groups (beginners and advanced horse-riders) according to their level of skills which were evaluated by two experts. The subjects were monitored during step, light trot and work canter. The test consists of 5-minute riding in step, 5-minute rest, 5 minutes in trot, 5 minutes of rest and 3 minutes in canter. We monitored heart rate and energy consumption, horse speed. Simple descriptive statistics and t-test were used. For both group we found out increasing values of HRmean and energy consumption with increasing speed of horse movement. The highest difference between groups for HRmean was found out for step (29,6 %), than for trot by 14,2 %, and the smallest for canter, only by 3 %. The highest difference of HR and energy consumption was found out between step and trot for both groups.


APA Citation

Korvas, P. (2013). Physiological and energy comparison of recreational horse riding. Journal of Outdoor Activities, 7(1), 20–24.

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Date: April 1, 2013