Friday Video from World Equestrian Brands: Kyle Carter’s Super Cool Conditioning Pool

I’m a huge fan of using water resistance for equine conditioning. I’ve been taking my own horses to the Aquatred and underwater treadmill at the University of Tennessee for years …

The little mermaid working on her spring break beach bod. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The little mermaid working on her spring break beach bod. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… and the physical benefits are apparent. Besides saving some wear and tear on our horses’ limbs, working in water seems to target a different set of muscles than what you get on dry land — core strength, especially — and goes a long way toward building cardiovascular fitness. I could go on and on and actually wrote a whole big story about this stuff for EN a couple years ago, which you can check out here.

While I haven’t seen it in the flesh, I am transfixed by the water complex/conditioning pool Kyle Carter built at his own Five Rings Farm. Laura Mungioli posted this video of her horse doing some water aerobics yesterday:

It’s neat to watch the pool in action after seeing a preview of it under construction in Episode 38 of “The Sort of OK Show About Horses with Buck and Kyle.” Kyle gets into the brass tacks of his water conditioning theories at around the seven-minute mark of this video, which is definitely worth a watch:

Very cool. Go Eventing!

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