August 2016 - Walk This Way
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Sunday, 31 July 2016 17:56
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A Holsteiner gelding’s transformation leaves HORSE GYM USA Speechless.

Three years ago, a now 7 year old Holsteiner gelding called Speechless was imported from Germany by his new owner John Zambrano and Zambrano’s longtime trainer, Peter Lombardo.

“Peter has always done a great job finding horses for me, and Speechless has been no exception,” says Zambrano. But when Speechless first arrived in the U.S., it took some help from HORSE GYM USA® to unlock his talents. Although Speechless was young, he never had much of a playful side. Zambrano and Lombardo knew that the gelding had to enjoy his work in order to become fit enough to begin competing. Zambrano explains, “He has always been a very quiet horse, and sometimes it was really unproductive to get on him and nag him to even walk at a consistent pace.”

HORSE GYM USA representative Jill Townsend helps a client learn to use the WALK treadmill.

Zambrano began looking for a better way to help Speechless get stronger while not over-working him. That is when he decided to invest in a HORSE GYM USA WALK treadmill for his equine partner.

The WALK treadmill is the foundation product in a complete line of equine fitness equipment carried by HORSE GYM USA. The WALK helps horses to get fit without the weight of riders on their backs, making it the perfect tool to supplement daily training. By allowing horses to walk freely and in a straight line, the WALK encourages horses to develop stronger toplines and core muscles. The WALK also features incline settings, which aid in building the sometimes hard to reach hind-end muscles.

Speechless and owner John Zambrano have found great success in the hunter ring with the help of the WALK treadmill. Photo: courtesy of John Zambrano

“Speechless has been using the treadmill since January, and it only took a month to notice how much more fit and strong he was becoming,” says Zambrano. “The best part is that he really loves walking on his treadmill. He is a very particular horse and if he doesn’t enjoy something, he will tell you. He never says ‘no’ to getting on his treadmill!”

With the horse’s newfound strength and enjoyment of his job, Speechless and Zambrano quickly became a remarkable team. After watching the duo’s success in 3’3” Amateur Owner Hunter classes, HORSE GYM USA decided to award Speechless with the June HORSE GYM USA® Horse of the Month Award. The company presented Speechless and Zambrano with a commemorative embroidered cooler while at the Blenheim June Classic in San Juan Capistrano. Zambrano was happy to accept the award, as he feels he owes much of the harmony in his relationship with Speechless to the WALK treadmill.

HORSE GYM USA has a strong reputation across the country as being a leader in innovative fitness and the

rapeutic equipment for equine athletes. The company’s products range from treadmills to salt water hydrotherapy spas and solariums, and are widely recognized as an ideal way to help horses become “show ready” or aid with rehabilitation for horses that have been sidelined due to injuries.

Jill Townsend and Travis Hunter of Equine Rehabilitation and Conditioning, pose with the SPA at the Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano.

The HORSE GYM USA WATER is the company’s revolutionary water treadmill, which allows horses to be exercised at a walk in water up to shoulder height. Walking on a water treadmill can be used as part of a rehabilitation program, without increasing the workload of the horse or adding undue strain.

The HORSE GYM USA SPA hosts a variety of key features and an all-in-one design, making it one of the best available options in hydrotherapy.

The HORSE GYM USA RELAX is a unique machine with vibrating surfaces that utilizes three-dimensional movement to evenly distribute pressure amongst the limbs. The RELAX combines with the solarium technology of the SUN with deep penetrating infrared lamps. By promoting healthy nitric acid release, the SUN helps to strengthen the muscles and prevent colic through healthier gut motility.

HORSE GYM USA is thrilled to be a part of success stories like Speechless and Zambrano’s, and looks forward to hearing more such stories in the future.

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