Should Dressage Horses Walk on Water?

by Dr. Kathryn Nankervis, The Equine Therapy Centre, Hartpury College, Glos. GL19 3BE Back in September, myself and Carolyne Tranquille from the Animal Health Trust were asked to speak at an ‘Aquatrainer’ meeting at the Academy Bartels in Eindhoven, Holland. The Animal Health Trust have conducted a survey on the use of water treadmills around the world, the results of which ought to be released next year. We watched a horse on their ‘Aquatrainer’, and then I presented some of Hartpury’s research, which we have used to inform the way we work all of our horses, including Valegro. Water is...

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