The AquaPacer is an above-ground underwater treadmill with a revolutionary design that allows for much safer, more effective exercise than comparable therapies. It allows you to completely control the height of the water & the speed of the treadmill, which results in a customized treatment for each individual horse’s needs. The AquaPacer provides 40-60% buoyancy while giving the horse an easier range of motion than traditional exercise. The mild impact of the underwater treadmill stimulates additional bone and cartilage growth while allowing for a low impact, full-body exercise with natural resistance that is lighter on legs and joints. This makes the AquaPacer a much safer alternative to post-surgical hand-walking, with reduced risk of recurring injury, better healing, and a speedier return to normal activity. The lack of concussion and the controlled movement make it an excellent intermediate step before proceeding to full weight-bearing exercise. It is the perfect exercise when low impact conditioning is needed or when a horse just needs a little time & freshening while maintaining fitness.
Horses suffering from sour attitudes toward training are mentally rejuvenated by the new activity, while conditioning is not only maintained but, in many cases, improved. The water treadmill is also very useful for improving top line and gait by building muscle strength and flexibility in the shoulders, back and hindquarters.
Benefits of the AquaPacer:
Provides a high-resistance, low impact workout.
Reduces weight bearing by 40-60%.
Increases range of motion and flexibility.
Increases strength, fitness and cardiovascular endurance.
Ideal for freshening a horse or giving a horse a break without losing fitness
Uses the same muscles, ligaments and tendons as land-based exercise - without the stress, trauma and concussion.