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Optimising training with horsewalkers

  • Optimising training with horsewalkers - Röwer & Rüb
An entry from Wed, 07/03/2019 - 14:03

Horses need exercise.

This is an undisputed fact. Our horses graze on juicy, green pastures, are fed oats and muesli and also enjoy the occasional delicious snack. For an animal which was actually designed for life in barren steppes, this food is more than sufficient. However, sometimes they just don’t get enough exercise. Modern horsekeeping and nutrition therefore makes it necessary for us to make sure our cherished sport and recreation partners get enough exercise. Long grazing periods are naturally an optimum balance to daily work in the arena or hall, and also for relaxation. But do horses really move enough on the pastures? Horsewalkers are useful helpers to ensure that the horses get the necessary extra exercise and also have the positive side effect of training their endurance. They are also ideal when training is resumed, for example after rehabilitation.

Practical and strong. So-called tower horsewalkers have been proving their worth for a long time. The Röwer & Rüb Freimatic model has this design. The systems are very robust and safe. The drive is located at the top of the tower and sets the 2.40 m high arms for the safety grilles in motion. The modular design makes it possible to set the arms to the desired length and also subsequently extend or retrofit them.

Track roofs can be added to the systems to enable training of the horses in all weathers. To this purpose, steel stable structures are erected on point foundations which require a building permit.

Due to its modular design, the Freimatic horsewalker is also very suitable for installing in an existing building. These horsewalkers are suitable for three to ten horses, from 13 to 25 metres.

All horsewalkers require robust fences, as their secure fixtures are mounted outside the track. This is necessary to prevent injuries caused by stumbling. The safety grilles are a matter of preference. However, a study by the University of Göttingen has shown that horses feel most comfortable when they can see other horses and nothing makes banging noises.

Röwer & Rüb supplies three types of horsewalkers; the Freimatic described here, the Teomatic with a free interior and also oval horsewalkers.