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Old 03-06-2014, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I think it is up too high and looks dangerous. If it was flat and maybe going in a circle i wouldn't object.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=815001401861152
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:18 AM
 
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It's a treadmill. They've been used for centuries. Nothing dangerous or cruel in the linked video.
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:21 PM
 
Location: City Data Land
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I taught my Great Danes to run on my human treadmill so they can exercise in bad weather. Dog treadmills are $1200+. My human treadmill was $250 and I used it for me before I trained them to use it.
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Berkeley Springs, WV
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Horsemen have been using treadmills for years. It's a way to exercise a horse lightly. Usually coming off of an injury.
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Oh I know about treadmills. My beef is that it seems very high for the safety of the horse.
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:48 PM
 
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I think it is up too high and looks dangerous. If it was flat and maybe going in a circle i wouldn't object.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=815001401861152
I don't think it's too high..too high for what?
If it was going in a circle, I think it would be worse.
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Old 03-06-2014, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Northern Illinois
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It doesn't appear to be belt driven - looks to me like it's manually driven by the speed of the horse. He's doing a pretty even, slow pace and he does have a "fence" around him and his human is close-by if something happens. It looks to be a foot or two off the ground - horses can and do jump higher than that if need be. He looks like he's used to doing this sort of thing, and while I don't think we're used to seeing horses used for laborers here - years ago that's about all they had.
We had horses all the time when I was growing up. We had a "walker" which consisted of a circular wheel (kind of like a big open turnstyle) that had about 4 or 6 spokes on it. Each spike had a pair of chains hanging off of it. The spokes were about 8-10 feet apart. We had Tennessee Walkers and we trained them every day - and they would work up quite a sweat. We usually gave them a bath or a rinsing off or at a minimum a good scraping with the sweat scraper - then took them out and hooked their halter to the chains on the spoke of the walker (one on each side of the head). The horses would walk in the circle very slowly and it would cool them down - kind of like a runner stretching and winding down after a run. The area where the walker was constructed was always kept covered in sawdust so that the ground was cushioned for them - they weren't walking around on hard packed clay. The idea was to give them a chance to unwind. Sometimes, I would prefer to just attach a lead strap to the halter and walk with them myself so I could pat on them and talk to them. Horses are wonderful, intelligent, and beautiful animals. I don't think the one in this video is being mistreated at all, IMHO.
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:34 AM
 
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Oh I know about treadmills. My beef is that it seems very high for the safety of the horse.
The real downside exercising a horse on a treadmill is it can shorten the stride.

A little is OK....but, to just use it a little makes it not worth the cost.

The treadmill above is Mickey Mouse.

This is a better set up.

http://www.horsegym.com/treadmills.html

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Old 03-07-2014, 11:30 AM
 
Location: On The Road Full Time RVing
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I think it is up too high and looks dangerous. If it was flat and maybe going in a circle i wouldn't object.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=815001401861152

These tread mills were not used to excersice an animal ... Horses, Cows, Dogs, etc..

They were used to power different types of farm equipment.



1.

Athens Horse Powered Treadmill - YouTube




2.

Horse power antique ou trépigneuse - YouTube




3.

Horse-Powered Saw Rig - YouTube

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Old 03-07-2014, 11:58 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Love it! Reminds me of Brimstone the Amish Horse ... old Disney Movie!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0840503/
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