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    02-27-2013, 04:01 PM
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Foal
Horse Treadmills

Question is:

Would you ever use them? And how long would you leave your horse on them for?

I have a 2 YO colt that I bought for barrels, but I am going to show him in Amateur Halter. I got a lot of people at the barn saying I should put him on the treadmill, and put a 100 pounds on him, the only thing is I don't want to over extert him before he is fully grown
Do I have anything to be worried about?
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    02-27-2013, 04:41 PM
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Started
Use treadmills as a training tool? No, can't say I would do that. I thought they were more for medical assessment. Why exactly do "a lot of people at the barn" want the horse on the treadmill.

While I don't think breaking a horse at 2 is always bad, I certainly would not ask them to do anything strenuous.
     
    02-27-2013, 04:45 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by wetrain17    
I thought they were more for medical assessment.
That's what I thought, too.
     
    02-27-2013, 05:08 PM
  #4
Foal
Wouldn't be as a training tool, guess I shoulda clarafied, they said to put him on the treadmill to bulk him up since the treadmill is set to a 10* to 15* incline, and 7 people isn't lots lol, but its a small barn so 7 is the majority
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    02-27-2013, 05:10 PM
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Yearling
If it's for bulking up, I'd be more inclined to him on a lunge line.
     
    02-27-2013, 05:13 PM
  #6
Foal
Alright do you mind if I ask y the lunge line over the treadmill?
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    02-27-2013, 05:15 PM
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Why don't you ride him and long trot him for 20 minutes? That way he gets fit and broke at the same time.
     
    02-27-2013, 05:24 PM
  #8
Foal
He is not broke to ride, he is a little behind in his growing, so I'm waiting a little while before we break him, he currently stands 14-2 at the wither and 15, 15-1 at the bum, here is a pic of him
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    02-27-2013, 08:23 PM
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If he isn't broke to ride, why the need to bulk him up? Why put that stress on him. That wouldnt help his development. It would be hard on his joints and you're just going to end up ruining him. Let him mature and build him up slowly and safely.
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    02-27-2013, 08:25 PM
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Yearling
Let him finish growing, then worry about this.
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