"I am very proud to announce that we have the first ever square horse walker to arrive in the uk."
The idea behind such a unique design is to reduce the stress that can be increased by traditional round walkers. Especially those suffering/recovering from lower leg injuries, as well as those with pelvis and sacroiliac problems. This is due to the horses walking predominantly on a straight line with large curvaceous corners. The dimension is a very spacious 20m x 20m. It takes 9 horses at any one time. As you can see from the images below, a carriage runs on a suspension construction made according to individual specifications which is bent in the curves or the corners. There is an intermediate grid fastened to this carriage. The carriages are connected with a pipe profile chain. This so-called chain connects the carriages together and is then driven so that the carriage is moved over the stationary profile.
Based on experience gained with more than 200 horse exercise yards which have been built over the years, the same question always came up: "Would it be possible to design a horse walker which not only runs in a circular fashion but also straight ahead?" The horses do not always run in an arc but also straight ahead. Valuable space is also used meaningfully.
Horsewalkers (electro-mechanical devices that allow multiple horses to be exercised simultaneously in a controlled fashion) are used extensively in the management and training of horses. They permit controlled exercise of horses at walk and trot. They are less labour intensive than other forms of controlled exercise, such as walking inhand, lunging or riding. Horsewalkers may be used for a variety of reasons including warming-up or cooling down prior to ridden exercise, as a way to relieve boredom in stabled horses, for controlled exercise as part of a rehabilitation programme and to supplement ridden exercise. Horsewalkers are often also used where ridden exercise is not desirable or possible, such as in preparation of young animals for sale. The majority of horses can be trained to accept being exercised on a walker within a short period of time. Any form of exercise carries a risk of injury and whilst there does not appear to be any objective information on the safety of this form of exercise, it would generally be considered that the Horsewalker is a very safe form of exercise.
Until recently, Horsewalkers have been exclusively of a round design in which the horse is constantly turning on a circular track. The radius (tightness) of the turn is determined by the diameter of the walker – the large the walker, the more gradual the turn. At present commercial round Horsewalkers vary from around 10 to 30 metres in diameter. The conventional design is of a centre post from which radiate arms that support the moving dividers that separate the horses but also encourage them to walk as the centre post rotates, in turn moving the dividers. Whilst the majority of walkers can operate in either of walkers can operate in either a clockwise or anticlockwise direction, whilst on the walker the horse is still turning constantly. I will update this page with photographs as our horsewalker is being constructed - watch this space.