A Seawalker can replace a high percentage of ridden work while safely maintaining and adding fitness. Specific muscle groups can be targeted using the depth of water the horses are training in. There is controlled loading of the skeleton and musculature – in fact, few areas of the horse’s body are not being exercised whilst working in the Seawalker. It encourages an active elevation of the horse’s back (affecting the entire posture) and active engagement of the hindquarters.
The inability of the horse to see where it is placing its hooves will lead to improved proprio-ceptive capabilities (the body’s own ability to know where its limbs are). This, in turn, is likely to tend towards improved responses to meeting unexpected changes in ground-surface when the horse is being ridden. This benefit is heightened by a generally stronger and more resilient musculo-skeletal system and improvement in the horse’s ‘core-stability’.
Horses can be vastly helped by 10-15 mins in the Seawalker both pre and post training, and 40-50 minutes can replace most ridden training sessions. Horses that may be nervous or problematic during conventional training will love their training session.