Injury to an equine athlete can be devastating and sometimes inevitable. Even a small injury that still allows them to compete hinders their overall ability to perform at their peak. Injury layup is a double-edged sword… the athlete cannot continue to practice and improve, while suffering muscle atrophy from the limited use of their muscles. Many injuries are caused by the lack of rest of the muscles and the pounding on the joints. Aquatic therapy with an underwater treadmill uses the natural properties of water buoyancy, temperature, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure to create a perfect environment for any equine athlete to build muscle, rehabilitate and increase cardio all at the same time.