Wow, you definitely can’t beat these sunny autumnal days! If only the weather could be like this everyday through the winter…
Today has been a day of firsts, my first time driving the horsebox with a horse on board, plus it was Doogie’s (Keystone Diego) first time on the water treadmill at the equine rebalance therapy centre (which is based at Wellington Riding, nr Basingstoke). First up I had to drive Doogie and myself there and arrive in one piece which was a success (phew!) and then it was time to attempt to get Doogie on the treadmill... and with the encouragement of a few carrots he was on in no time! Next mission... to get him walking on the treadmill! As you can imagine, the whole experience is very alien like to the horses but it amazes me how well they adapt and cope in situations like this! After a few minutes of letting him walk and find his balance it was time to add some shallow water which again he accepted and adapted to very quickly ... no excuses to be scared of puddles when we're out hacking now Doogie! ;-) because this was just a taster session that we booked, our 15 minute session was nearly over but after a good 5-10 minutes walking in the fetlock deep water it was time to drain the water and stop the treadmill. Although Doogie still seemed fairly perky, you could definitely tell he was starting to become both physically and mentally shattered! He will definitely sleep well tonight :-)
After the success of the treadmill today we have booked him in for 6 sessions (one a week). I’m really interested to see how his strength improves over the 6 week course. With the 2017 competition season over, we decided that this would be the best time to start the treadmill and along with training at home and fortnightly visits to Gareth Hughes for lessons we should be raring to go for the 2018 season! Exciting!
For more information on the water treadmill feel free to leave and comment below or message me via social media or simply visit the Equine Rebalance website http://equinerebalancetherapycentre.co.uk/water-treadmill/. It is not as expensive as you would expect with a taster session (like Doogie did today) being just £15 and a block of 6 sessions being £175 (you pay for 5 and get the 6th free). I’ll leave you with a video of Doogie in his session today - each week the session will become longer and the water depth will increase.