Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
I use to swim my show horses a lot for muscle tone and as said before, minimal impact training. It served two purposes, 1. To help build muscle and 2. To cool us off on a hot day :)
My dad used swim therapy on one of our trotters that went through a barbed wire fence and tore his legs, chest and bottom of his stomach terribly. The vet wanted to put him down but he was kinda like a part of the family for us :) our trainer suggested swim therapy. Dad had one of those long pools put in. He figured it would be good for the injured horse and training for the others. I still believe its one of the main things that helped him get better. He never raced again but he was my trail horse for a while and then he went on to be a riding for the disabled horse.
I think there is a lot to be said for swim therapy :)
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"