The HydroHorse Treadmill
The HydroHorse Aquatred is a submerged hydraulic powered treadmill in a specially designed pool that integrates with whirlpool water-jets and air blowers to be an effective curative and strengthening tool.
The Aquatred is an incredibly safe design. The design allows for a straight channel from one end to the other keeping the horse from becoming claustrophobic. The introductory training teaches the horse to stay calm and never makes a horse feel trapped. If a horse begins to panic the horse is merely walked straight out. The Still Creek Aquatred features a 12 foot belt to easily accommodate large warmbloods. This oversized design also allows us to truly work a horse in the Aquatred at both the walk and the trot. The water in the Aquatred is positioned at the chest to reduce splashing, encourage the back to lift, and displace body weight.
“Horses love this relaxing and invigorating form of conditioning and both vets and trainers agree that this system is physically and psychologically beneficial to the animal.”
What to Expect:
- A well trained staff will acclimate your horse to the climate controlled building.
- A slow, positive, introduction to the pool while rewarding curiosity.
- Your horse will walk through the pool several times to become acclimated to the routine, learn to stop in the middle of the pool and have people move around his/her head, learn to walk on the submerged treadmill.
- A typical first session last between 6 and 8 minutes which allows the horse to learn to Aquatred and become relaxed without stressing the horse.
- Subsequent sessions will increase in time and intensity. Most sessions are 30 minutes and include walk and trot work, transitions, with emphasis on keeping the horse straight and forward while working over the back.
- Additional time is available for horses needing more intense workouts including upper level eventers. During inclement weather many of our area eventers do long trots sets in the pool to meet their mileage and intensity needs. All with minimal concussion!
- Riders usually notice a positive change under tack in as little as 2-3 sessions. In 5-6 sessions riders typically feel that the horse is considerably stronger behind.
How does it help with conditioning?
Early conditioning on the treadmill system helps tendons,ligaments and joint capsules to tighten and increase in tensile strength. Contact with the treadmill ensures that the same muscle groups are used as under saddle and affords sufficient concussion to promote bone density and muscle development. The water’s resistance accomplishes in one session what two might under saddle.