Stabling horses is convenient, especially when you have space limitations, but regular exercise is essential for their physical well-being. A controlled exercise routine is also paramount when rehabilitating injured animals. If you have an available paddock, you can turn them out, but there is little assurance that they will get the exercise they need. Also, lunging horses or having riders exercise your horses is time consuming and costly, especially if you have a large number of animals. What trainers needed was a way to simultaneously exercise several horses at a time at a controlled pace.
The first mechanical horse exerciser was called a “hot walker.” Several horses could be tied to this merry-go-round style device and forced to walk around in a circle (Photo 1). Many trainers had concerns about using hot walkers; horses were tied to the machine and trainers were worried that the unnatural head position would lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Also, the direction and speed of the machine could not be controlled well, if at all. Trainers needed a more versatile piece of a equipment, and a new approach was needed to refine the concept of an automated training machine.
The Odyssey Performance Trainer is the next step in conditioning and training without constraints and replaces the old style walking machines, treadmills, hand-walking, or ponying. The Odyssey uses state-of-the-art technology to help exercise and rehabilitate all breeds of horses. These machines are fast becoming the industry standard for training professionals worldwide and many owners agree that they can pay for themselves in just a couple of years.
The Odyssey Performance Trainer allows horses to move freely between a set of gates that travel inside a circular fenced track (Photo 2). This allows them to move naturally as they would in a paddock or on a lunge line, but at a specified pace chosen by the trainer and can even be programmed into the Odyssey’s computer module. For maximum versatility, the speed and direction of the gates may also be operated manually, giving the trainer full control.
Whether it is keeping your racing or performance horses in shape, rehabilitating injured animals, or exercising stallions and broodmares, the Odyssey is the most versatile exercising machine currently on the market.
The Performance Series horse exerciser was designed to withstand the abuse of a working facility. Whether you are training racehorses, exercising sport horses, and/or rehabilitating horses, our machine is one of the heaviest built machines on the market without compromising wear and tear on strategic parts. Years of upgrading have produced a very balanced machine capable of running for years with little maintenance.