The benefits of using a Horse Walker
A Horse Walker offers many benefits and they’re not all just for the Horses.
Save the paddocks!
Throughout the Winter months, paddocks can easily become churned up during the wetter spells. Horses galloping, turning and using up their excess energy to entertain themselves can cause lasting damage to pastures. Using a Horse Walker helps burn off any excess energy and ensures that they are exercised at a suitable speed and in a controlled manner. This reduces the risk of injury and pulling off shoes as they perform their voluntary ‘airs above ground’ and pirouettes!
Safe exercise environment
Regular daily exercise in a Horse Walker, strengthens horses legs and increases their stamina without exercising on roads. Although hacking has advantages, there’s always the risk of cars, bikes and hazards like paper bags or wheelie bins!
Less labour intensive
Using a Horse Walker enables multiple horses to be exercised at once. Without access to a walker, you would need several riders to be able to exercise them all at the same time. For injured horses or those coming off box rest and need walking out in hand, they are invaluable for rehabilitation. A walker will replace the need for somebody to keep them calm and walking consistently. For those horses which are particularly lively to walk in hand, it also reduces any potential risk to handlers trying to control horses which have a lot of pent-up energy.
Safer Stable management
Using a Horse Walker makes it a much safer experience to muck out and put feed in without a horse in the stable. In addition, they are then warmed up and ready should they need schooling, which again reduces chances of injury. Alternatively they’ve been able to stretch out on days when the fields are too wet to turn out and time and light restrictions are a factor.
Horse Walkers are also a great tool for helping warm horses up before exercise and cool down post exercise. So if you have a number of horses to ride, they are good to go as soon as they come off the walker.
Invest in an asset
Not only is a Horse Walker a great asset for day to day working. It is also a fixed asset which could increase your property value, or they can also be sold second hand, making them a sound investment.
Avoid Potential Vet Bills
Regular and routine exercise is great for the horses mental and physical wellbeing. Helping prevent injury and keeping their mind active to avoid boredom, which can lead to stable vices and undesirable behaviour!