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RE: [RC] [RC] Bad weather/treadmills - ll cole

Thanks Libby. This year has been just building a base on our 2 young horses. Its been alot of LSD and we just wanted to maintain some fitness throughout the long spells of mud we have here. We can ride on the gravel roads year round but I hate to pound on their legs any more than we have to. It looks like we may have to think about a treadmill as a Xmas present!!

Linda.


From:  "Libby & Quentin Llop DVM" <qhll@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To:  "Ridecamp Guest" <guest-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,<ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject:  RE: [RC] Bad weather/treadmills
Date:  Sat, 29 Oct 2005 21:48:21 -0400
>We used to think that, 20 years ago - until we had more experience with the
>treadmill. Our current protocol is to set the speed at 4 mph and the slope
>at 1/10 ( 1 foot rise in 10 ft) and put the horses on for an hour. Thereby
>they walk 4 miles and climb over 2000 feet. Cardio vascular is rarely the
>weak link in our horses and trotting on one of these machines is an easy way
>to give a horse a really sore back, as many racehorse trainers have found
>out.   Libby
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
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>[mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Ridecamp Guest
>Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2005 9:12 PM
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>Subject: [RC] Bad weather/treadmills
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>Hi All,
>
>  Does anybody here have any experience conditioning during winter weather
>with a treadmill? I saw one listed on ebay and was thinking when the snow
>and mud keep us from riding that a treadmill might help keep a little
>condtioning in place or get an early start in the spring. Not much in the
>way of trails near the house, but we have lots of nice neighbors and not
>mucking up their fields is a way to keep it that way!!
>
>Linda.>
>
>You're correct, but it can't be the kind of treadmill on which the horse can
>barely get into a trot. Has to be a high speed treadmill where extended
>trot, canter and gallop--and significantly elevated heartrates--can be
>achieved.
>
>ti
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