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At Motion Equine Centre, we have an over ground treadmill at our facility. We use the treadmill for two main purposes:

The major benefits of utilising a treadmill in training or rehabilitating the equine athlete is we can alter the speed and intensity of a workout, change the incline of the treadmill, the horse is exercising in a straight line, the surface is consistent and firm, and we can use aids such as bungy’s to change head position or use the Equiband to improve core strength and hindlimb engagement. 

Straight line exercise can reduce torque on tendons, ligaments and joints when compared to a horse working in a circle. This is important for rehabilitating certain injuries such as a collateral ligament of the coffin joint, for example. 

The treadmill also allows for training at varying speeds and gaits - walk, trot, canter and gallop (max 42 km/h). We can also work the horse on an incline to change joint angles and engage different muscle groups. 

While on the treadmill, we can also alter the horses’ head position - this is important for engaging the core and strengthening the abdominal muscles. To further improve core strength and balance, we utilise the EquiBand system. The EquiBand system utilises a saddle pad and two elastic bands - one under the  abdomen just behind where the riders leg would sit and a second band behind the horses’ hindquarters. The abdominal band helps with core strength while the band behind the hindquarters enhances proprioception which is important to manage poor engagement, improve muscle development and aid in recovery of neurological conditions affecting the hindlimbs.

The treadmill is a great way to cross train your horse - maybe its a month long session in the off season or using the treadmill once a week while in competition mode, we can tailor a package to suit your horses’ needs. Alternatively, if your horse has been diagnosed with a tendon, ligament or joint injury, chat to us today about designing a custom rehabilitation program

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