Frequently a horse is given box (stall) rest for a period of time, then hand-walked for another period before any turnout or ridden work may be started. Keeping horses that have been injured whilst at the peak of fitness from injuring themselves further during their transition stages is always a worry.
With a Seawalker a horse can safely begin it’s comeback as soon as it is released from stall rest without the concern of pent-up energy causing an accident. Controlled loading whilst in a Seawalker is effective in rehabilitating horses recovering from a number of orthopaedic injuries. This leads to a more complete recovery, more quickly. Now horsemen have access to all the benefits of a cold salt water spa combined with extremely safe exercise to return a horse to peak levels in a stress-free manner.
Unlike an equine swimming pool, horses exercising in a Seawalker maintain contact with the ground at all times and, as a result, maintain a regular respiratory pattern. Many horses hold their breath when they swim, others adopt short bursts of breath, few breath regularly. Horses have been known to bleed from the lungs under the stress of swimming, hardly an ideal result in a training or rehabilitation programme.