Let's Talk.... Aquatred Facts
Let's Talk..... Aquatred Facts
❓Why choose an above-ground treadmill?
➡️ We feel like the above-ground units are the most versatile for a variety of workouts, because they feature adjustable water levels. So we can safely work horses of all sizes. Let me give you the run down of each water level and its function....
✔️ Filled up (bottom to middle of shoulder) - We use this water level for all post-surgery or injured horses. The higher water takes the weight off the horse's legs and allows them to build range of motion, muscle, and lung capacity without stressing joints or soft tissue.
✔️ Filled above the knee - This water level is for our performance conditioning and epm recovery horses. The water still helps keep the strain off the joints, but encourages the horse to step and and over the water similar to a person working on a stair climber machine. This really gets that range of motion in the hips, builds that topline, and helps create a more balanced horse. Plus pulling through the water at this phase creates massive forearm muscle and increases that stride reach. Gotta get that cardio 💪
✔️ Filled below the knee - I don't use this water level as much as the others, but it definitely has great benefits for certain horses. They are full weight bearing at the level, but I can use it to strengthen lower leg muscle, tendons, and ligaments. This is great for rodeo or race horses that might have to encounter muddy unfavorable ground conditions. It also builds up forearm muscle as well. It's a lot of resistance and strain, so we save this workout for our fit/sound horses looking for that performance edge above the competition.
✔️ Dry treadmill - While I prefer water, it's nice to have a unit that can be used for dry treadmill workouts too. We use it mostly for evaluating progress with lameness cases.
➡️ We use a mixture of different water levels to make sure horses get custom workout every time. This helps target and improve different groups of muscle. We also vary our speed and distance with each workout. Faster speeds create more resistance and build more air, while a slower workout is needed for slowly rebuilding a horse after surgery or injury. Some of our racehorses are going as fast as 4 mph at a walk! While a post-surgery horse may start out at 1.5 mph. I can also change speeds and water height during a workout to add more variety.
➡️ I like being able to be right there close to the horse while they are working. I can teach them to break at the poll and lift their core to build correct muscle. If I need to put a hand on them to balance them or comfort a nervous horse... I'm right there with them, building their confidence just as a rider would. I can monitor their movement and make adjustments. I also love the clear sides, and being able to analyze how the horse is moving on all sides. Plus the open concept helps new horses not feel so confined while working.
➡️ I love educating about our equipment! A piece of equipment is just that... A Machine... The real success stories come from the eyes of the therapist running the equipment. You still have to analyze every horse and figure out the best treatment plan for that individual.
— at Superior Therapy LLC.