The hydrotherapy treadmill provides the same low impact environment as swimming, but keeps the horse in the correct position for its ground gaits. This ensures that all the muscles, tendons and ligaments are exercised and built up in the same way as ground work without the impact. The unit can also be used without water for a more traditional exercise programme, giving great flexibility and choice of regime. Hydrotherapy has also been proven to improve lung capacity, as exercising in water increases blood flow to the heart and lungs. The water treadmill encourages the horse to ‘sit’ behind, making them drive with the hind legs while taking the weight off the front legs. While working on the water treadmill, the horse takes bigger, longer steps than they would on land. This helps to build up the muscles in the hind quarters and over the lumber area of the back.
Hydrotherapy gives regular conditioning for the healthy horse and faster healing for the injured horse.