Water Training: more than just splashing around

Water training has become an integral part of racehorse training programs but perhaps more importantly, a fun part that nearly all racehorses look forward to. When you think of water and training it is natural to think of rehabilitation but for a racehorse it can be the vehicle to better balance, higher workload rates and co-ordination. Looking first at deep water or pool training, swimming is very intensive: for a horse 10 minutes of swimming equals a normal 1 hour-training session. It is good cardiovascular training in which endurance is built under almost non-existent impact conditions. It ensures the horse…