AQUATREAD IN GROUND WATER TREADMILL

Our In Ground Water Treadmill is a combination of a treadmill, whirlpool with jets and a swimming pool. The water treadmill is a great form of controlled exercise. The water is temperature controlled, generally at a comfortable 85 degrees. Water exercise is one of the best ways to condition a horse or heal an injury. The water treadmill is designed to aid in the therapeutic healing, strengthening, conditioning, and training of all types of horses. Unlike traditional swimming pool therapy, the water treadmill allows the horse to exercise in a controlled environment, using its normal gait and the same muscles as in use while exercising.

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The water treadmill provides full-body exercise for the horse and offers 40% to 60% buoyancy, which helps horses strengthen and increase fitness without the constant concussion on bones, joints and tissues from ground work. The water helps horses regain range of motion and increase the length of their stride. The water resistance and lack of concussion allow horses to work the same muscle groups used in normal ground work.  Water is a great therapeutic or rehabilitative option to set the horse up for better healing in a controlled exercise program. 

In the majority of cases the horse has a primary injury and then a secondary injury if the horse has been compensating and hurting for any period of time. The great thing about water is that it creates healing in the entire body. It relieves stress and strain on the areas of the body that have been over-used to protect the initial injury. 

Water has a vast array of healing properties not only physically but mentally. Horses find the water relaxing and calming which also aids in the healing process. 

The water treadmill can be used for injury recovery, fitness and conditioning or preventative therapy. 

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CASES THAT BENEFIT FROM THE WATER TREADMILL:

  • Tendon injuries
  • Torn or strained ligaments
  • Joint injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Fractures
  • Weak or Sore backs
  • Stifle injuries
  • Hoof and pastern injuries
  • Bleeders
  • Weak bones
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Tying-up
  • Increases lung and heart strength
  • Increases muscle strength
  • Reduces chance of re-injury
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