What are the key requirements of horse walker flooring?
Horses need to move a lot. Horse walkers are one tool to manage your horses' training needs (especially sports horses) but with frequent use, this requires the best flooring. This article is based on the thoughts of Dr. Matthias Baumann, equine veterinary surgeon, FEI vet and event rider about Belmondo® flooring.
Slip resistance for all kinds of weather and seasons:
Know what a slippery floor feels like? Did you know we can measure how slippery a surface is in a test environment, here's how:
We're trying to find out how hard it is to pull an object across the surface in wet or dry conditions. The measurement we get is the loss of energy due to friction as it slides across the material.
Obviously, the harder it is to pull the object across the material, the more slip resistant it is and vice versa. How do we know what the ideal floor slip resistance is in the application of a horse walker?
Over the years Belmondo® have worked with subject specialists to design the ideal flooring type that give the right amount of slip. Too grippy and the hoof slides less on impact and is forced to dissipate more energy back up through the leg. A little less grip allows the hoof to naturally grip the floor and impact energy is better managed by the hoof mechanisms.