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Rail-Gliding Horse Walker (oval, round, square or rectangular)

This design can be manufactured to any size. The KRAFT-Rail-Gliding Horse Walker can be equipped with a partial roof that covers the walking surface and protects the horses from inclement weather. The walker can be used year-round.

An interesting option is to install the Rail-Gliding Horse Walker into an existing building. Foundation and roofing costs can thus be saved.

The solidly constructed KRAFT-Rail-Gliding Horse Walker is easy to use and has high safety standards. It requires very low maintenance and is extremely quiet.

KRAFT-Rail-Gliding Horse Walker

The highlight of the Rail-Gliding Horse Walker is that it allows for new variations in the pattern of the walking track. The walking track can now have curved as well as straightaway sections. This results in a more natural training for horses.
A study conducted by Professor Paul Farrington and Dr. David Marlin from Bristol University has shown that there are significant advantages to be gained in using an oval horse walker compared to a round one.
With the combination of straightaway and curved stretches, running in an oval places loads on the horses’ limbs in the same way as during riding or moving freely.
KRAFT is a pioneer in the field of oval walkers. Development of oval, rectangular and square horse walkers began about 3 years ago. We currently have approximately 80 such machines around the world.
For stability reasons KRAFT has chosen to use two tracks so that two rolling mechanisms can run along the track and guide it from both sides. This construction allows for smooth movement and the ability to use all types of mobile separation gates.

Design Examples

KRAFT offers

  • Planning, structural engineering, design, building permits, timely installation, concrete foundations, turnkey construction
  • Varieties of mobile separation gates (see technical spec sheet number 1)
  • Various control panel configurations (see technical spec sheet number 2)
  • Optional irrigation system (see technical spec sheet number 3)
  • Varieties of roofing materials (see technical spec sheet number 4)
  • Traditional hinged or sliding gates (see technical spec sheet number 5)
  • Covered entry with flat roof (see technical spec sheet number 6)
  • Various fence styles (see this page)
  • Wind net between top of fence and roof protects walking area against inclement weather while still allowing for circulation
  • Wind shield on the inside of the partial roof also protects the walking area against inclement weather
  • All products can be custom designed according to client needs. Optional self-installation possible.

Fence Designs

Development of and the technology behind KRAFT rail-gliding horse walkers

Based on experience gained with more than 1000 horse walkers which have been built over the years and with the same question always coming up: "Would it be possible to design a horse walker which not only runs in a circular fashion but also straight ahead"?! The horses do not always run in a circle but also straight ahead.

After a long period of deliberation we truly developed a new product which has also earned the name 'innovation'.
A carriage (rolling mechanism) runs on a suspended construction made according to individual specifications which is bent in the curves or the corners. The mobile separation gates are fastened to these carriages. The carriages are connected with a conveyor bar system and are driven so that the carriages move over the stationary track.

For patent information se application number 0 300 703.3) for this system and published at the European Patent Office.

The fact that the whole technology is attached above the running surface means that a complete free interior is created which can be used as a hay or holding place. It can also be installed in a large building so that the inner area is still free for riding.
The support frames are above and on either side of the walking surface. This set-up allows one to easily install a roof over the walker. It is also possible to install this walker without concrete foundations. It is, however, recommended to construct the installation on a concrete running surface.

Through use of this novel development it is possible for the first time to really allow the horses to run straight ahead. It is, however, equally suitable for a round installation. The fact that the track is suspended over two stationary profiles means that a significantly more stable suspension system for the track is obtained as compared to other designs. A significantly more stable mobile separation gate can also be installed.

This innovative construction can be viewed by appointment on the premises of some of our customers who are already using this system.

Fence Type D
  • horizontal spruce boards, 1.5" (40 mm) thick
  • 6.5' (2 m) high , with bite guard
Fence Type E
  • horizontal hardwood boards, 1.5" (40 mm) thick
  • 6.5' (2 m) high, with bite guard
Fence Type F
  • horizontal spruce boards, 1.5" (40 mm) thick
  • 5' (1.5 m) high,
  • with galvanized, framed welded wire grid from 5' to 6.5' (1.5 to 2 m) high
Fence Type G
Fam. Gasber, Grafschaft Esch (Germany)
  • horizontal hardwood boards, 1.5" (40 mm) thick
  • 5' (1.5 m) high,
  • with galvanized, framed welded wire grid from 5' to 6.5' (1.5 to 2 m) high
Round Design
  • 66' (20m diameter) - 7 horses
Oval Design
  • 33' x 66' (10 x 20 m) - 6 horses
Square Design
  • 66' x 66' (20 x 20 m) - 9 horses