Jen, look at a water treadmill,. Higher Spen is real close to you and they have a pool, spa and ordinary walker. IMO, a water treadmill would be better for a therapy centre. Less strain on backs then swimming.
Will also have to go thru notes, but I am sure I read that oval walkers are worse for joints then round ones due to the change in straight to cornors? LIke said will have to look up that one!
For conditioning feet would it not be better to combine something into the track (and be cheaper too) so they walk over it when they come in and out to the yard?
How about small dry lots (maybe with compacted sand/grit) as a step from stable rest to track turn out for injuries.
Infra red lamp system for assisted healing rates.
Will think some more there are lots of things you could add to make it a therapy yard!
the one at higher spen wouldn't be my choice, they seem to spend most of there time wimming in very small circles, with there heads up very high, i dont want ours for swimming, the pea gravel pit is next on our list in the old silage pit but a walker would ensure lots of movement, a walker cant be any worse than riding surely?
Post by Debbie Glennan on Dec 17, 2011 0:32:07 GMT 1
I don't want to put a downer on your pea gravel walker idea, cos in theory its great,....but... I know someone who had one and they ended up taking it out as it was impossible to keep clean. We have a walker thats in use 6 days a week and no matter what time of day i put them on, and trust me I've tried all sorts, they always go straight on and poo!!! Obviously because they are walking the muck just gets trampled in. I suspect this would also be an issue for the water. They do use a nappy type arrangement for using on horses that go in a spa, but cant see that working for a walker.