THE Equiband™ SYSTEM (Prices inc. VAT)
The Equiband™ system consists of a saddlepad and two separate lengths of Equiband™ that are attached to the saddlepad. The saddlepad is available in Pony, Small, Regular, Large and Western sizes. The saddlepad is made up of a wool/felt mix and is machine-washable. It is ergonomically shaped to prevent any restriction in the wither or lower back regions. The clips that attach Equiband™ to the saddlepad are designed for durability and safety. The saddle pad is designed for use with jumping, dressage and western saddles.
The Equiband™ itself is made of latex-free rubber, specifically designed for use on horses. The Equiband™ system uses either one or both bands on the horse; one shorter band attaches the left side of the saddle pad to the right, passing under the abdomen (abdominal band or AB). The band sits well behind the rider's leg. Its function is to stimulate the abdominal musculature during locomotion. The abdominal musculature supports the horse's back. The position of this band is especially indicated for horses that have recovered from a colic surgery, have poor (inverted) posture and in clinical cases such as diagnosed conditions of the back including 'kissing spines'.
The second and longer Equiband™ attaches at an oblique angle from the left side of the saddle pad to the right, passing under the tail behind the horse's hindquarters (hindquarter band or HQ). It will settle in the point of least resistance, above the hock and just below the level of the stifle. Its function is to make the horse aware of the position of his hind limbs in locomotion and to enhance proprioception. The position of this band is especially indicated for horses with asymmetrical hind limb movement, poor engagement and poor development of major muscle groups such as biceps femoris (which is associated with movement) as well as horses recovering from diagnosed musculoskeletal or neurological (EPM) conditions.
The two lengths of Equiband™ are delivered pre-threaded but will need to be adjusted for each horse as per instructions. If the bands are only used on one horse it is advisable to trim the ends of the band with scissors after fitting and adjustment. If the band is used on multiple horses the fit and adjustment needs to be checked prior to use. Additional bands may also be purchased.
IF YOU ARE ORDERING THE PRE-ORDER OPTION - LEAD TIME IS APPROX. 2-3 WEEKS. CONTACT US FOR SPECIFICS.
The Equiband systems is a strong training and rehabilitation tool so MUST NOT be over used otherwise you hinder, rather than assist development.
Recommend 5min Belly band (AB) first and assess how your horse copes on a proprioception level.
The hind quarter band (HQ) is powerful. If you see any compensatory or muscle fatigue you MUST STOP until the horse is strong enough to cope with the band. It may be less than 5min when dealing with a very weak horse.
You must allow rest and recovery in order to generate correct movement and muscle development. Building gradually over weeks, not days. This is not a quick fix, it is part of a Cross Training Programme to help strengthen your horses muscles effectively, which takes time but is worth it to prevent injury.
Your Equiband™ system comes complete with saddle pad, two pre-threaded sets of Equiband™ (two shorter abdominal bands and two longer hindquarter bands), as well as a tape measure and user guide. For safety, it is essential to follow the guide on how to fit and use the Equiband™ system.
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IF UNSURE & LOCAL TO TACKY HQ WE DO HAVE A PONY, SMALL, REGULAR & LARGE EQUIBAND AVAILABLE FOR SHORT TERM LOAN TO TEST IT ON YOUR HORSE. £10 PER WEEK. IF YOU THEN PROCEED TO PURCHASE A NEW ONE, THE FINAL FEE IS DEDUCTED FROM THE NEW PRICE. CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION
SUGGESTED SIZE GUIDE
|PONY||up to 12hh/120cm|
|SMALL||12hh/120cm – 14.3hh/148cm|
|REGULAR||15hh/150cm – 16.2hh/165cm|
Numnah Sizing Guide if you horse is on the cusp, or short backed etc.
Pony - 20” x 16” or 51cm x 40cm
Small - 21” x 17” or 55cm x 44cm
Regular - 23” x 22” or 58 x 56cm
Large - 25” x 22” or 63cm x 56cm
THE IMPORTANCE OF CORE STRENGTH
Core muscles mobilize and stabilize the horse’s back. Core strength helps to prevent the development of back pain and injuries. The Equiband™ system has been developed specifically to stimulate receptors in the horse’s skin and hair follicles. In response to this stimulation, the abdominal, sublumbar and deep neck and back muscles are activated. These muscles raise and round the back and engage the hindquarters. Regular use of the Equiband™ system strengthens this core musculature, making it easier for the horse to work in a round outline and reducing the risk of pain and injury due to hollowing or instability of the joints in the neck and the back.
Following on from the specific exercises that are used for core strengthening from the ground (Activate Your Horse’s Core – Narelle Stubbs & Hilary Clayton), the Equiband™ system is a completely unique design that promotes continuous core strength training in the lunged and ridden horse.