AquaStride conditioning and rehab FAQs

Here are the questions we hear most often from horse owners.
Please feel free to contact AquaStride owner Linda Colica at 520-349-3455
if there’s anything else you’d like to know.

"Sonia did great this weekend (at the Buckeye Rodeo Big Barrel Futurity)!
Thanks for all your help!
I would like to bring her back in December…to kick off the New Year.”

Kati Jundt, November 2014

Q: How many AquaStride sessions should we schedule for my horse?

It really depends on your horse’s condition. But generally, a horse requiring general conditioning would probably need at least 2 to 4 weeks on the AquaStride regimen. For horses in more compromised conditions, we’ll evaluate them thoroughly before recommending an individualized reconditioning program.

Q: I have a gaited horse whose leg movements seem tight. How can AquaStride help?

A: Fused joints are not uncommon in gaited horses. This condition results in a limited range of motion. AquaStride’s cold, oxygenated waters decrease tissue inflammation and increase blood circulation. This reduces the horse’s pain without aggravating the condition, so they can flex and stretch their limbs fully, speeding their full recovery.

Q: I heard that the AquaStride experience help with trailer loading/unloading. How does that work?

A: Horses are claustrophobic by nature. The horse enters the pool through a somewhat narrow chute. Once in the pool, the horse is rewarded by the comforting water. It learns that a narrow space can result in a positive experience. As the horse experiences more relaxing, comforting pool sessions, the anxiety associated with narrow spaces continues to diminish.

Q: My horse sustained significant shoulder damage in an accident. Can AquaStride help repair the injury?

A: Probably. But it truly depends on your horse and his/her specific injury. While AquaStride is known to accelerate healing, conditioning and recovery for a wide range of conditions, it is not a miracle cure-all. Once we evaluate your horse’s condition, we will gladly discuss potential outcomes and treatment plans.

Q: My horse has open sores. Can AquaStride help?

A: Absolutely! The oxygenation of the water accelerates tissue restoration  and conditioning. The AquaStride sessions can help bring any underlying infection closer to the surface, resulting in faster wound drainage. (NOTE: The water is consistently sanitized by ultraviolet lights and powerful microfilters.)

Q: My horse is suffering from a muscle injury in the groin area. How can AquaStride help this condition?

A: Muscle injuries in horses’ groins are not uncommon. AquaStride’s cold water is very beneficial in the initial stages of muscle injuries, and it continues to play an important part in the recovery of damaged  muscle tissue. The oxygenated water decreases inflammation and increases blood circulation, reducing pain without aggravating the injury. Further, AquaStride training sessions help strengthen horses’ adductor muscles and promote their flexibility, both of which help prevent future injuries.

Q: How does the AquaStride regimen help prevent future injuries?

A: AquaStride training sessions help strengthen and condition the horse all over, promoting greater flexibility and stronger muscles. (The results are much like those experienced by boxing great Muhammed Ali, who famously pioneered water rehab and conditioning among human athletes—and who dominated his sport for decades.) The better overall condition a horse is in, the lower the probability of future injury.

Q: What are abductor muscles, and why are they important?

A: The word abductor describes any muscle used to move part of the body away from its midpoint. (To remember this term, think of the word abduct, which means to take away.) A horse raising its head, extending its neck or stretching its legs it is using its abductor muscles.

Q: What are adductor muscles, and what do they do?

A: The opposite of abductors, adductor muscles are those that pull a body part in towards the midline of the body. As a horse retracts its head or draws its legs in toward the body, it is using its adductor muscles. (To remember the term, think of adding to the center of the body instead of taking away.)