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    02-27-2013, 10:42 PM
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I know a few people that use or have used treadmills in conditioning their horses.It is beneficial when the horse is not of riding age & /or are limited to areas to exercise due to weather etc.It is less stress on joints than longing
I have never used one but I know someone had posted pics of her horses trying out her new treadmill,she was working them 20min on it Anyway she got some comments that that was too long!! 10min was more appropriate. Also when starting them on it you work up the time.

For those that don't show halter that are questioning the OP,why this, why that :proper conditioning is from both inside & out. Diet for good weight gain & hair coat, regular grooming & regular excercise to tone up muscles/fitness. This proper conditioning is what some may term as Bulking them up,but more appropriately it is actually result of having them fit/conditioned.
     
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    02-28-2013, 12:03 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by paintedpastures    
I know a few people that use or have used treadmills in conditioning their horses.It is beneficial when the horse is not of riding age & /or are limited to areas to exercise due to weather etc.It is less stress on joints than longing
I have never used one but I know someone had posted pics of her horses trying out her new treadmill,she was working them 20min on it Anyway she got some comments that that was too long!! 10min was more appropriate. Also when starting them on it you work up the time.

For those that don't show halter that are questioning the OP,why this, why that :proper conditioning is from both inside & out. Diet for good weight gain & hair coat, regular grooming & regular excercise to tone up muscles/fitness. This proper conditioning is what some may term as Bulking them up,but more appropriately it is actually result of having them fit/conditioned.
Thanks, you discribed what I was trying to get across to a tee. I'm going to show him either way. All I was trying to find out was if there are long term effects to the horse by doing this. I'd rather come in last and preserve him, then condition him now and have issues later.
Ps the halter people at the barn put their horses on there for 30 min at a time, I only do it for 5-7 min right now and might get up to 10
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    02-28-2013, 12:25 PM
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Just like running on a treadmill isn't that good for people, I imagine it wouldn't be that good for horses either.

The fact that the belt moves whether or not you choose to walk is a nice way to jar up your joints after tons of repetitive use. The body doesn't always keep up with the treadmill and sometimes your legs start to get pushed back instead of you pushing off. You let the treadmill do the work, but you end up having more jarring steps when your foot hits the moving belt. Overall its not exactly good for you.

I wouldn't subject my horse to an exercise routine. For the sake of research and studying the horse for medical purposes, but general exercise....I have no problem with.

Lunging is bad on joints as well and shouldn't be used to build muscle. Especially on a young horse. I would suggest ponying off another horse and doing some trots if you want to start exercising. Otherwise I'm with the others in saying just wait until he is mature enough to break, then worry about building muscle.

Out of curiosity though, what type of stable do you board at where you have access to a treadmill? O.0
     
    02-28-2013, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Horsesdontlie    
Just like running on a treadmill isn't that good for people, I imagine it wouldn't be that good for horses either.

The fact that the belt moves whether or not you choose to walk is a nice way to jar up your joints after tons of repetitive use. The body doesn't always keep up with the treadmill and sometimes your legs start to get pushed back instead of you pushing off. You let the treadmill do the work, but you end up having more jarring steps when your foot hits the moving belt. Overall its not exactly good for you.

I wouldn't subject my horse to an exercise routine. For the sake of research and studying the horse for medical purposes, but general exercise....I have no problem with.

Lunging is bad on joints as well and shouldn't be used to build muscle. Especially on a young horse. I would suggest ponying off another horse and doing some trots if you want to start exercising. Otherwise I'm with the others in saying just wait until he is mature enough to break, then worry about building muscle.

Out of curiosity though, what type of stable do you board at where you have access to a treadmill? O.0
Its a local place where I live, it was originally a dairy farm, then they built the horse barn with an 60x150 indoor arena, the current owner bought it about a year ago and the treadmill was in the horse barn when he bought it, I know some of the previous owners used to board tbs during the off season from racing, maybe they put it in, I really don't know tho
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