Many owners who bring their racehorses to Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise do so to use the equine therapy swimming pool to train, rehabilitate, and exercise their horses. This hydrotherapy pool features state-of-the-art technology unlike other hydrotherapy pools used in other equine training facilities. It can hold up to 144,000 gallons of water and is so large that up to six racehorses plus their owners or trainers can fit in the pool at the same time.
The dimensions of the Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise equine therapy pool measure 30 by 60 feet by 12 feet. It is open every day of the week to owners who have horses being housed, trained, or raced at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise.
When Jerry Simms added this equine therapy pool shortly after taking over in 2000, he made it clear that Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise would be a facility that would prioritize the health and safety of the racehorses. This dedication to taking care of every horse that lives, trains, or races at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise reflects Simms’s own affinity to racehorses, a respect and admiration that stem from his childhood in the Midwest. It is also one of the primary reasons why racehorse owners clamor to bring their racehorses to Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise to live, race, and train.
What is Hydrotherapy?
As its name implies, hydrotherapy is therapy that takes place in water. It is one of the main ways that racehorse owners and trainers help racehorses at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise overcome injuries like strains and fractures. It also is one of the methods used at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise to train and strengthen the horses to get them in racing condition.
But why would a trainer or owner of one of the horses at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise prefer hydrotherapy over exercising a horse outside on the hard ground? The hard ground can put a lot of stress and strain on a horse’s feet, joints, and muscles. A horse that is already injured or experiencing fatigue while racing may not benefit by being forced to work out even more on an unforgiving surface like the ground.
Instead, the hydrotherapy pool at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise provides a safe and comforting place for horses to exercise and be rehabilitated from injuries that might otherwise take them out of racing form. The water cushions and supports their muscles, bones, and joints and minimizes or eliminates pain that they might feel working outside on the hard ground. It helps racehorses at Jerry Simms’s Turf Paradise stay mentally and physically ready to race.