Horses Paddocks and Daily Playtime

Under natural circumstances, horses in the wild are understood to walk and graze from sunrise to sunset, often covering distances up to 40 km per day. This mechanism enhances respiratory stimulation, slight increased cardiovascular rate and muscular exertion daily.

We believe that by accentuating a horse’s instinctive ground covering habits, we are able to stimulate well balanced animals, both physically and emotionally.

A daily training program improves performance, conditions the body and minimises risk of injury. A typical Saddlebred engages in approximately 30 minutes of work daily, this being far below their physical capability and requirements. In a training session, different muscle groups are targeted, specific to the individual’s program. The horse will hold its form during these periods, producing sweat around the area’s most strained during exercise. By this observation, it becomes clear that humans tend to lack exercising the horse’s entire frame, resulting in poor muscle development in certain areas of the athlete.

Aerobic training is vital in gaining increased heart rate. The raised pulse generates better blood circulation throughout the horse and encourages an increase of aerobic capacity of the muscles resulting in an increase of capillaries around the muscle fibre which in turn raises their ability to use oxygen.

Guided by these pointers, we believe that horses need to be out in a paddock daily. We feel by allowing the horse to move freely at its own pace, it will automatically tone muscles lacking in definition. The consistent movement increases blood flow which in turn decreases muscle fatigue and promotes aerobic wellness. Horses that are given paddock space, easily repair their own musculoskeletal impairments by bucking and kicking free. Direct sunlight, more specifically ultraviolet B rays, is the most efficient way to absorb vitamin D.  Sunlight also releases endorphins within the body which stimulate the horse to feel good. We find that sunlight shines the coat projecting a rich and healthy glow. Spending time in a paddock surrounded by other horses also re-enforces the horse’s social behavioural patterns. They are naturally herd animals and generally enjoy interacting with one another.

During show season when your horse is in show shoes, apply a shoe band to prevent a loss of a shoe. Secure shoe band pressure when your horse is turned out to play, remembering to reverse the process when your horse is returned back to its stable.