Horses naturally know how to swim and our pool is built to be inviting and safe for our equine athletes. We give the horses plenty of time to acclimate to give them the best experience possible. Some horses are more eager to get into the pool the first time, while others need to take time and explore more. With one of the best equine pool designs in the industry, the horses can go in and out of the pool several times in one session to learn from repetition without physically overworking themselves. It’s amazing to see how much they enjoy the pool after just a few times.
Each horse is different and some horses need more time than others to feel confident with their new training environment. Most horses do well with 3-4 days of continuous training followed by a break.
Yes, the horses can learn both which can be beneficial for their fitness or rehabilitation program. We teach them one thing at a time so it’s not overwhelming. Once trained in both the aqua treadmill and the pool, the horse can participate in hybrid conditioning sessions (swim & treadmill). We have seen great results in our competition, rehabilitation and young horses when both swimming and water treadmill is incorporated in their weekly workout routine.
Both swimming and water treadmill training can be helpful to add to your regular training program. Swimming greatly strengthens the horses back and increases range of motion and suppleness to allow for better muscle development and less back problems. The water treadmill helps develop the hind end and back muscles since the horse elevates his step and rounds his back. With the resistance of the water horses develop a stronger hind end that helps them collect under saddle and can further develop his topline.
Our team at Equatic Spa is experienced in working with top athletes. If they are here for rehabilitation, fitness training or just a break, they deserve to receive the best care. We will work with your team (veterinarian, farrier, groom and rider/trainer) to ensure your horse will receive the utmost care, necessary medications, therapies and training for their optimal health and well-being.
We have everything from young horses that have not yet been started under saddle, to top-performing Grand Prix horses, in all types of disciplines. We have had all sorts of breeds such as Warmbloods, Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, Andalusians, and Arabians that have all benefited greatly from aquatic training. Some horses are here to heal and rehabilitate, but the majority of horses are here to cross-train for strength and fitness.