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 …
… 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:
Lunging Faden in the conditioning pool at #fiveringfarm trying to video at the same time is difficult lol. Excited to see how his muscles are working to make him #stronger and #improvegaits. #eventing #horse #conditioning #fithorse #prelim #event #eventhorse #eventingnation #eventingconnect #kylecarter #mybootsarentwaterproof
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!